Leaf Unveils “Shoeless Joe” Jackson Cut Signature

Cut signatures are a great way to connect with those players that have passed on.  Yes there are cut signatures on the market featuring people that are still alive, but thats a topic for another time.  When Leaf released 2010 Sports Icons Update we kinda got an idea of what the card would look like, but it wasn’t anything definite.  It appears that the signature comes from a court document.  Jackson rarely signed his name because he was illiterate.  Most of the stuff you find will be signed by his wife.  But this is the real deal.

I know the shop owner of where one of the redemptions was pulled.  The owner offered $10,000.00 for it, but the customer turned it down.

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This is Leaf’s description of the card straight from their Facebook page:

“This is the Joe Jackson 1/1 cut signature card that will be awarded at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention. This is Joe’s first ever cut signature card, which we expect to bring $60,000-$100,000 in the marketplace. It is available via a redemption program in 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update packs.”

FCB has an educational thread about it too.

The First “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Lucky Clover Redemption Has Been Pulled

The first “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Lucky Clover redemption has been pulled from 2010 Sports Icons Update: “The Search for Shoeless Joe”.  It was pulled by a customer at Marty’s Sports Card Exchange in Chattanooga, TN.  There are four redemption cards in total.  Three of them were inserted into boxes of 2010 Sports Icons Update: “The Search for Shoeless Joe” and the fourth will be given to the collector who presents the most completed set of 2010 Sports Icons Update.  One of the lucky collectors who receives one of these redemptions will receive a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cut signature during the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention.  According to Brian Gray, the signature is of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, and not signed by his wife.

Marty’s Sports Card Exchange is a great place to buy wax.  He usually sets up during The National and The Philly Show.  In my opinion, he has the best prices on wax during a show.  I’ve purchased a lot from him over the years.

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Card of the Day: “Shoeless Joe” Jackson 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update #10

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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson Cut Signatures Coming Soon

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson is one of the most popular players in baseball history.  If it weren’t for that little scandal, he would be in the Hall of Fame.  His cards are in high demand, and command some serious prices.  Thanks to Upper Deck and Donruss/Playoff (Panini), collectors have been able to obtain cards containing bat relics once used by Jackson.

Now Leaf is turning up the heat by making “Shoeless” Joe’s first cut signature ever inserted into a product.  Yes, Sportkings make a Jackson cut signature before, but it was signed by his wife and it clearly stated this on the back.  After contacting Mr. Gray of Leaf, he has confirmed that these (4) cut signatures were signed by Jackson himself.  Three of them will be inserted as redemptions, and the fourth will be awarded to the collector who has put together the most complete set of 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update.  Collectors who attempt at putting this set together will have to present it to Leaf during the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention.

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“Shoeless” Joe Gets Sketched

Take a look at this awesome sketch card of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson drawn by sports artist Monty Sheldon.  Monty was nice enough to send over this sneak peak before it hits the auction block later this evening.  This is the first sketch card I’ve ever seen of Joe Jackson and looks pretty cool.  This is the last card in his Eight Men Out Series dedicated to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.  Judging by his past sales, I have a feeling the Jackson will go for a lot.  Be sure to check out Monty’s auctions for all of his one-of-one sketch cards of famous sports figures.

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Mr. or Mrs. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson?

This morning I received an e-mail from Sport Kings informing me to check out the checklist for their new cut signatures which can be found in Series C.  Going through the list, one name stood out more than anyone – “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.  Knowing that Jackson has never had a cut signature made because he didn’t learn how to read or write until later in life, I e-mailed Sport Kings to see if the autograph is really Jacksons’ or his wife’s signature.  I got the following response:

As was the case back then the cut signature is done by Mrs. Joe Jackson, this information is on the back of the card.  Sorry this will disappoint you.

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This doesn’t surprise me because its very rare to find an artifact signed by Jackson himself.  Sport Kings doesn’t have an image up of what the card will look like, but the signature probably will look something like this:

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The above picture is an example of what Jackson’s signature would look like when his wife would sign for him.  Pictured below is an example of an authentic signature of Jackson.  As you can see, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson had a hard time connecting the letters “J” “A” and “C” in his last name.

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Card of the Day: Joe Jackson / Paul Waner ’01 UD SP Legendary Cuts Bat Relic

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Quite possibly “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s most valuable relic card……… for now.

How Do You Wear A Bat?

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An Interesting Fan Letter

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Many collectors do TTM (Through The Mail) autograph requests to athletes in hopes that their mailbox gets filled with signatures.  This is a practice that has been going on for years, and is one of the oldest ways to obtain autographs of your favorite players.  This afternoon I found an interesting relic up for sale on eBay.  It is a letter written by a fan of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson asking for his autograph.  This isn’t the first time a letter like this has popped-up for sale, but this one caught my eye because of the postmark on the envelope.  After asking the seller what the postmark said, I found out it was from 1953.  I find this strange because Joe Jackson died in 1951.  Since Jackson was uneducated, his wife would sign a lot of things for him, but I still think its odd for people to ask for his signature after his death.  If the person writing the letter was such a fan, don’t you think they would have known he was dead?  

On a side note, if a major card manufacturer were to produce a cut signature of “Shoeless”, I have the feeling we would experience the same drama that was brought to the hobby a few years ago when Topps produced those “game model” bat cards of Josh Gibson.  A lot of people would be doubting that it really was Jackson’s signature, but instead his wife’s.

Stick With The 2001 Card

Checking out some of the first closed auctions for the new “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat cards tells me to stick with the 2001 card.  The single bat piece numbered to 100 seems to sell for $400.00 – $500.00, and the Diamond Kings with two pieces of bat numbered to 25 sells for around $625.00.  I sure wouldn’t mind pulling either of these cards out, but if I had to purchase one I think I would stick with the 2001 SP Legendary Cuts.  Maybe in the future with the release of Donruss Americana Sports Legends the prices will come down.