A Shoeless Joe Jackson autograph is kind of rare. It’s well known that he was illiterate, but he was perfectly capable of signing his name. He was just very reluctant to do so, so many of the verified autographs usually appear on legal documents only.
Throughout the years Jackson would receive autograph requests through the mail, and more often than not, the requestor would receive an autograph similar to the one above. Not a bad looking signature for an illiterate, shoeless, ballplayer.
Unfortunately the above signature is by Joe Jackson’s wife Katie. It must really suck to think you have a Joe Jackson autograph, only to find out it’s his wife’s. I read somewhere that something like 75% of the Mickey Mantle baseballs were signed by a clubhouse guy.So it’s not too unusual for an autograph to be fake.
I feel bad for the people that think they have a genuine piece of baseball history, especially for those that might have spent money to get that piece of bogus baseball memorabilia.
The people I don’t feel sorry for are the people that have money to throw away on something they know is bogus. The above fake, phony autograph sold at auction for just over $400 several years ago, with the buyer fully aware that it is not Shoeless Joe Jackson’s autograph. Am I missing something? How could anybody pay $400 for this?
I’ll tell you why…..because it’s cool…..awesome….the next big wave of baseball collectibles. Everybody should have an autographed ball from somebody’s wife. So, I’m offering a genuine Babe Ruth baseball, autographed by my wife, for just $50….free shipping. Quantities are unlimited, be the 1st on your block to have one. Each ball comes with a COU…..Certificate of Unauthenticity. Satisfaction guaranteed!!!!
Pretty sweet looking, don’t you think?