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Shoeless Joe Jackson 1918 Birmingham Barons Team-Signed Baseball (19) Billy Southworth, etc. – COA Kevin Keating -PSA/DNAGo Back
Winning Bid: $1,929.22
Winning Bid: $1,929.22
Auction ends: 2022-08-13 22:40
Total price with Buyers Premium: $2,315.06
Bids count: 4
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The Birmingham Barons of the Southern League ended the 1918 season with a record of 33 wins and 31 losses, third in the SL. Carlton Molesworth served as manager. Presented is a vintage baseball autographed by (19) with the majority being Barons team members. Yes, penned on this ball were strokes of Joe Jackson, the famous, Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Kevin Keating, PSA/DNA’s lead authenticator, determined in his first previous examination that, “the vestiges of one signature do, in fact, appear to be a genuine Joe Jackson signature. ” This remnant is highlighted in one of the photos via a red circle. Joe Jackson is one of the rarest, most sought-after signatures in the baseball hobby. Regardless, this ball has survived over 100 years of daylight and is still in very fine condition. Note, there are (7) unidentifiable signatures on the baseball according to PSA/DNA certification. There was a new letter order from PSA that reviewed the ball again, and Kevin Keating was lead authenticator. Today he notes, “there are (7) unidentifiable signatures on the baseball.” Joe Jackson’s signature visibility has diminished through the years from the first examination. Under high magnification, you can see the strokes of Joe Jackson’s hand.
A possible explanation for the inclusion of a Jackson autograph was addressed in the closing of the Keating letter, “This ball appears to have been signed by random players of more than one team. It may possibly have been signed multiple times rather than at one event.”
The baseball itself is an Official Southern Association baseball that features red/blue threading. The ball has solid stamping and shows natural even toning from age. In differing quality of ink levels, identifiable signers include HOFer Billy Southworth; Pat Dunan; Jesse Altenburg; Ed McDonald; Ray Jansen; Cy Slapnicka; Danny Clark; Al Bernsen; Red Smith; Karl Black; Ralph Comstock and Carmen Hill.
This is an outstanding example of a baseball signed over a century ago. Truly an Orb that you can proudly add to your already fabulous collection.
Authentication: PSA/DNA Full Letter, and Kevin Keating.
This ball is from one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of autographed baseballs in the world. Altogether they were easily displayable in custom shelf form and alphabetically displayed nonetheless. The choice of medium was visually easy for the encyclopedic collector who put these together. It took several decades to amass these rare autographs of the most prominent entertainers, historical figures, and sports players. It proved quite difficult to acquire autographs of non-ballplayers on such an odd object (a baseball) but diligence proved otherwise and that it’s possible. So, now with the collection complete and his shelves empty there’s only one thing left to do….bid on this item and start the challenge to see how far you can take it.