Original 1914 batting photograph of Shoeless Joe Jackson from the Cleveland Indians in uniform. This is without a doubt one of his greatest images ever taken, if not THE best Jackson photograph on the planet. From the lens of master photographer Charles Conlon, the reverse of this image bears his handwritten notes and signature date this exact specimen to 1915 based on the fact that he is still wearing his Cleveland jersey but Conlon himself has added notes that seem to indicate Jackson had JUST been traded to the White Sox. Conlon himself has noted "Paint Out Shirt" on the back indicating that he himself had not even had a chance to take a new shot of Jackson in White Sox uniform yet! The fact that this photograph could have been taken at the end of the year 1914 and this specimen dates to the middle of 1915 based on the circumstantial evidence should place it firmly within the two year window for PSA (possibly less than one year actually) and this is absolutely off the original negative. From our experience, there is only one other known original example of this photograph in the hobby with this being the second. The former example which is complete, sold for $32,588 in 2012 and with the spike in vintage photography lately, that example would likely fetch $50,000 or more today. While this image has been artfully die-cut for publication, it still retains all of the original gloss and finish from Conlon without losing any of the figure of Jackson. An exciting new discovery that is sure to generate quite a buzz in the hobby, this is a perfect 10/10 (when taking into account the die-cutting by a newspaper artist) and one of the most important pieces of baseball photography we have offered!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 10/10