Joe Jackson autographed photograph, 1911 photo sells for $ 2.01 million

A “shoe-free” Joe Jackson autographed photograph of Frank W. Smith sold for $ 2.01 million, the highest paid ever for a signed sports photograph.

Nicknamed “Shoeless Joe”, Jackson played for three Major League Baseball teams during his 12-year career – the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps (now Indians) and Chicago White Sox.

Jackson’s baseball career is well documented. He is known for his involvement in the Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the White Sox were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

While Jackson’s guilt has been debated over the years, he was banned after the 1920 season.

He is currently not eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a result of the scandal.

The autograph is extra special, with Jackson known for being illiterate and a tough signature to grab.

The same photograph was famously sold for $ 245,748 back in 2015.

Character giant PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) has certified and classified the card, Mint 9.

The image was offered by Christie’s and Hunt Auctions in New York at the auction Extra Innings: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia.

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The 246-game auction also featured a professional-model Babe Ruth baseball bat with eight home runs that sold for $ 1.44 million, a 1925 Louvre-printed rookie exhibit postcard that cost $ 942,361 and a 1952 Joe DiMaggio autographed handwritten letter to Marilyn Monroe, who raised $ 719,000.

– with AP

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