Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Quintessential "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Collection

Otherwise known as, "Items I Will Never Own". I continue to marvel at the remarkable career of Shoeless Joe Jackson, while at the same time being completely disheartened by his exclusion from Cooperstown. More a victim than a villain, the naive, gullible, and illeterate Jackson, was caught up in circumstances at the wrong place at the wrong time and was found guilty by association in the infamous Black Sox Scandal of 1919.

I have a small personal collection of Shoeless Joe Jackson cards and memorabilia, most notably his famed 2001 SP Legendary Cuts game used bat card. If money were no object, the following items would be must have pieces for any Joe Jackson player collection.

1) 1914 Cracker Jack

2) 1940 Play Ball

3) 1919 W514

4) 1914 B18 Felt Blanket
(Currently Available on eBay)

5) 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Game Used Bat


Charles @ Hoopography said...

Wow, that Cracker Jakes card is awesome. Any of them would be great additions to any collections.

Todd Uncommon said...

The Joe Jackson virtual Hall of Fame site has a nice gallery of contemporaneous cards of Joe, including my favorite, the 1910 (T210-8) Old Mill series:

At least Pete Rose was convicted in court of unlawful gambling. Joe was acquitted(!) in court, but of course, commissioner Kenesaw Racist Mountain Landis banned the entire group, for as you correctly put it, guilt by association.

That would never happen these days. The Player's Union, in less than a heartbeat, would sue against any ban in the face of a courtroom acquittal, and win.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Great point Todd on the players union and thanks for the link!!

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