Signed ‘Shoeless’ Joe pic sells for report $1.47M


NEW YORK — A 1911 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson autographed {photograph} by Frank W. Smith bought for $1.47 million, essentially the most ever paid for a signed sports activities {photograph}.

The picture was supplied by Christie’s and Hunt Auctions in New York within the public sale Further Innings: A Personal Assortment of Essential Baseball Memorabilia.

In keeping with Christie’s and the cardboard and memorabilia grading large PSA (Skilled Sports activities Authenticator), it’s the solely identified Jackson-signed picture of himself in existence.

As for the $1.47 million price ticket, whereas it could appear steep, even for a reputation synonymous with baseball lore like “Shoeless” Joe — he was banned from baseball for all times in 1921, regardless of being acquitted within the Black Sox scandal of 1919 — there may be purpose for it.

Jackson was notably illiterate and averted signing paperwork if he might. His spouse signed for him principally after his enjoying days ended.

Talking for a function on lacking memorabilia in Could, Mike Heffner, president and associate at Lelands Auctions, advised ESPN: “Simply his signature on a slip of paper is value $50,000 to $100,000.”

This very picture bought in 2015 with Heritage Auctions for $179,250 — a rise of greater than 720% in six years.

The 246-lot public sale by Christie’s and Hunt additionally featured a Babe Ruth skilled mannequin baseball bat with eight dwelling run notches that bought for $1.05 million, a 1925 Lou Gehrig autographed rookie exhibit postcard that went for $687,500 and a 1952 Joe DiMaggio autographed handwritten letter to Marilyn Monroe that fetched $525,000.

Info from ESPN’s Dan Hajducky and The Related Press was used on this report.