Shoeless Joe Jackson Baseball Cards and Autograph Guide

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Date of Birth: 7/16/1887
Rookie Card Year: 1909
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

The myth and lore that accompanies "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is a big factor in the collectiblity of his baseball cards and other memorabilia. However, it would be a mistake to attribute the astronomical prices paid for his high-grade cards and game-used memorabilia simply to being connected to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Jackson's on-field skills were a thing to marvel. He possessed five-tool talents long before the phrase was coined.

When Jackson received a lifetime ban from baseball, public opinion was mixed. As time wore on and Joe Jackson's legacy returned to his masterful play and away from the scandal, his popularity grew. As a result, interest in and demand for his baseball cards increased.

Their are many misconceptions related to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson autographs. It is true that Jackson was largely an uneducated individual without the ability to read or write. As a result, many believe that autographs would be difficult. However, in his years after baseball, many believe he was taught these things by his wife. The couple ran a liquor business for years and, as such, some general ability to read and write certainly would have been required. Many of the alleged "Shoeless" Joe Jackson autographed items that have come to auction in recent years have been clouded in controversy. Some purport that these signatures are secretarial in nature, most likely being signed by his wife.

It is no stretch to say that purchasing an alleged "Shoeless" Joe Jackson signed item is equivalent to taking a leap of faith. Even greater caution should be given regarding his alleged game-used memorabilia. Several reputable auction companies and high-profile authenticators have been part of several sales of game-used bats supposedly used by "Shoeless" Joe. These bats have sold for near seven figures and more. Fortunately for trading card collectors, it's not necessary to have that kind of money to own a piece of baseball history. Both Upper Deck and Panini America have included game-used "Shoeless" Joe Jackson cards in their products.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson Card Gallery

Here is a gallery of some of the more popular "Shoeless" Joe Jackson cards ever produced.

Top eBay Listings

Helmar Brewing Shoeless Joe Jackson & Hack Wilson Rare Baseball Cards
$56.00

2014 Panini Classics Shoeless Joe Jackson Timeless Treasures GU BAT SP 25
$124.99

SHOELESS JOE JACKSON 1940 PLAY BALL # 225 PSA 8 NM-MINT!!
$9,500.00

1940 PLAY BALL NO. 225 SHOELESS JOE JACKSON PSA 5 EXCELLENT CENTERED
$1,995.00

2012 Prime Cuts JOE JACKSON Dual Bat #ED 19 25 Icon Shoeless WHITE SOX Game-Used
$52.13

1919 W514 #15 Shoeless Joe Jackson Black Sox Trading Card SGC 30 2 Good
$2,495.00

TCMA 1982 Greatest Hitters including #16 Shoeless Joe Jackson
$25.99

1909 E90-1 American Caramel Shoeless Joe Jackson Black Sox Rookie
$6,000.00

2011 Panini Lumberjacks Bat Card Shoeless Joe Jackson
$58.25

1913 WG5 NATIONAL GAME SHOELESS JOE JACKSON VERY RARE PSA 9 low pop
$2,850.00

2008 DONRUSS SPORTS LEGENDS SHOELESS JOE JACKSON BAT # 85 100 WHITE SOX
$120.00

SHOELESS JOE JACKSON SOX #1 SKETCH CARD SIGNED LTD ED 24 PAT CROWE ART ACEO
$29.50

Shoeless Joe Jackson 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Game Used Bat
$300.00

2012 Prime Cuts Bat Card Shoeless Joe Jackson White Sox 24 99 (1 Card)
$38.36

2012 Prime Cuts Shoeless Joe Jackson Legendary Bats Game - Used Relic 98 99
$99.99

1940 Play Ball #225 Shoeless Joe Jackson "Superman Back" SGC 10 = 1
$849.00
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Key Cards

Top "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Cards

1909 American Caramel Joe Jackson #56

1909 American Caramel Joe Jackson #56

The 1909 American Caramel is the earliest known Joe Jackson card. It is part of a 120-card set, designated in the American Card Catalog as E90-1. The colorful, cartoon-like nature of the card shows Jackson as member of the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League. The card measures 1 1/2" by 2 3/4".

1910 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson #52

1910 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson #52

On his 1910 Old Mill card, Jackson resembles a returning Civil War soldier rather than baseball player. This early card represents his affiliation with New Orleans of the Southern Association. The card has gained popularity with high-end vintage card collectors in recent years due to the condition sensitive nature of the card's red borders. The complete set consists of 114 total cards and are designated in the American Card Catalog as T210-8. The cards measure 1 1/2" by 2 5/8".

1914 Boston Garter Color Joe Jackson #6

1914 Boston Garter (Color) Joe Jackson #6

The colorful nature of this card has made it extremely desirable. Used as an advertisement for the Boston Garter Company, it is one of 12 in the set. The cards are large, measuring 4" by 8 1/4".

1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103

1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103

This example from the esteemed 1914 Cracker Jack set is easily the most revered and coveted card from "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's playing days. Part of a set designated as E145-1, the vibrant cards measure 2 1/4" by 3".

1919 W514 Strip Card Joe Jackson #15

1919 W514 Strip Card Joe Jackson #15

This is one of the last "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's cards produced while he was still playing. Holsum Bread released this card regionally in 1921. It would be 19 years before another new "Shoeless" Joe Jackson cards would make their way to market. This card, as the name implies, is part of the American Card Catalog designated set W514. It is one of 124 cards in the set. Each measures 1 3/8" by 2 1/2".

1940 Play Ball Shoeless Joe Jackson #225

1940 Play Ball Shoeless Joe Jackson #225

Another highly regarded set, 1940 Play Ball has an American Card Catalog designation of R335. Part of a 240 total card set, each measures 2 1/2" by 3 1/8". This is Joe Jackson's most popular post-career vintage card.

2001 SP Legendary Cuts Debut Game Bat Shoeless Joe Jackson #DJJ

2001 SP Legendary Cuts Shoeless Joe Jackson

This is the first "Shoeless" Joe Jackson memorabilia card and it created a huge hobby buzz upon its debut. At one time, it traded for over $700 before slipping to the $400-$500 range where it stayed for years. Unfortunately, the proliferation of other Joe Jackson bat cards by other manufactures has diluted the card's value. Fortunately for collectors owing the card, there aren't too many more Jackson bats that are likely to be cut up. That bodes well for this card's value.

2009 Sportkings Eight Men Out Cut Autographs Shoeless Joe Jackson #SJJ

2009 Sport Kings Shoeless Joe Jackson Cut Signature Front  2009 Sport Kings Shoeless Joe Jackson Cut Signature Back

In 2009, this card was included in an insert set of the SportKings product "Eight Men Out." It included cut signatures of members allegedly involved in the Black Sox Scandal of which a film was later made with the same name. The inclusion of this card created quite a controversy at the time because it isn't Joe Jackson's real signature. As you can see on the back of the card, the company acknowledges that the signature is in fact secretarial and was written by his wife.

2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update Shoeless Joe Jackson Cut Signature

2010-Leaf-Sports-Icons-Update-Shoeless-Joe-Jackson-Cut-Signature-Autograph

At the National Sports Collectors Convention in 2011, this specially created card was given away to a lucky winner. Inserted into boxes of the 2010 Leaf Sports Icons product were four redemption cards eligible for the random drawing. The alleged cut signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson was the first of it's kind to be included on a trading card.

Top eBay Listings

Helmar Brewing Shoeless Joe Jackson & Hack Wilson Rare Baseball Cards
$56.00

2014 Panini Classics Shoeless Joe Jackson Timeless Treasures GU BAT SP 25
$124.99

2015 Shoeless Joe Jackson Cleveland Baseball 1 1 Art Sketch Card By:Q
$14.99

2012 Prime Cuts JOE JACKSON Dual Bat #ED 19 25 Icon Shoeless WHITE SOX Game-Used
$52.13

1919 CHICAGO WHITE SOX-BLACK SOX-UNIQUE TEAM REPRINT SET-SHOELESS JOE JACKSON
$9.98

2012 Prime Cuts JOE JACKSON Bat #ED 66 99 Legendary Shoeless WHITE SOX Game-Used
$22.50

SHOELESS JOE JACKSON 2008 SPORTS LEGENDS MUSEUM COLLECTION GOLD #MC-5 94 100
$9.56

Shoeless Joe Jackson Old Liberty News Art Card Wrigley Gum Rever
$9.99

TCMA 1982 Greatest Hitters including #16 Shoeless Joe Jackson
$25.99

Joe Jackson Postcard "SHOELESS JOE JACKSON" by Arthur K. Miller
$9.99

1909 E90-1 American Caramel Shoeless Joe Jackson Black Sox Rookie
$6,000.00

1919 Black Sox Unique Team Set Reprint (Shoeless Joe Jackson) Pre-WWII -Pre-1942
$9.50

2011 Panini Lumberjacks Bat Card Shoeless Joe Jackson
$58.25

White Sox SHOELESS JOE JACKSON O'Connell & Son Ink Art Card #199 RARE
$6.99

1919 Chicago White Sox Black Sox Team Set Shoeless Joe Jackson 25 Cards Reprint
$5.94

2008 DONRUSS SPORTS LEGENDS SHOELESS JOE JACKSON BAT # 85 100 WHITE SOX
$120.00
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Autographs

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson Autograph Guide

Given the highly controversial nature that exists regarding the authenticity of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson signature autographs, we encourage all collectors to exercise restraint and only purchase cut signatures that have, first, been authenticated by a reputable company like PSA or JSA and then used to create cut signature trading cards. Only then does this degree of dual authentication provide you any sort of recourse should, at some point in the future, the signature end up having been mistaken as authentic.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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