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1912-1916 Baseball Magazine Collection Including Joe Jackson Cover (4)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
Baseball Magazine was, for nearly half a century, the preeminent periodical chronicling our national pastime. Early issues of Baseball Magazine have always been highly prized by collectors both for their rarity and display value. Offered here are four Baseball Magazine issues dating between the years 1912 and 1916. The collection is highlighted by what is perhaps the most sought-after of all Baseball Magazine editions: the rare and desirable "Joe Jackson Number" released in March 1916. Jackson is featured on both the front and back covers, and of course in numerous images on interior pages, being the lead story of the issue. The back cover, which is an ad for Remington, pictures an image similar to the cover of Jackson, only he is holding a Remington Rifle in place of his famed "Black Betsy." The Remington name appears along the top, while the bottom caption reads "Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb's Only Rival - They Both Shoot Remingtons." Interestingly, even though Jackson was traded from Cleveland to Chicago during the later part of the 1915 season, both illustrations still picture him in a Cleveland cap as painted by premier illustrator J. F. Kernan. This is one of the most sought-after of all early editions of Baseball Magazine and one of the most appealing Joe Jackson display pieces of the era. The front cover has a vintage pencil notation listing the month and year ("Mar 1916"). All of the colors are bright and the interior pages are clean and free of any defects. There is general wear along the spine (including slight separation) and to the border areas of both covers. Technically in Very Good condition but with superior visual appeal. The additional three issues in the collection are: February, 1912; April 1912; and July 1916. Both 1912 issues have minor pencil notations on their covers. All three issues display small tears along the spine and border areas, as well as light creasing. The April 1912 issue is in Good to Very Good condition; the other two issues are in Very Good condition overall. From the Barry Halper Collection. Total: 4 magazines. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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