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Shoeless Joe Jackson Decal Mini Bat
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This circa 1915 H&B Louisville Slugger mini decal bat features a colorful portrait of Joe Jackson on the barrel as well as the “Louisville Slugger” brand name and Jackson’s facsimile signature.
Interestingly, the bat originated from Shoeless Joe Jackson himself. He gave it to his neighbor because they lived in the same apartment building. As they became friendly, he would oftentimes go to Jackson’s baseball games. He asked for a souvenir for his son who wanted an autograph. Jackson was unable to provide an autograph but had this mini-bat in his collection. Jackson gave it to the young boy who kept it until now. A letter of provenance is also included.
Black Betsy was the primary baseball bat of Shoeless Joe Jackson. It was created in 1903 when Jackson was 15. It broke the record for the highest sold baseball bat in history, when it was sold for $577,610 in 2001. By then it was considered one of baseball’s most fabled artifacts.
For collectors, they might not be able to afford one of Jackson’s Black Betsy bats but for those still searching this one is a steller option. It is a circa 1910-15, Shoeless Joe 14″ mini-decal bat from his days with the Indians. It originated as part of a traveling salesman sample kit and most likely was given to Jackson as a gift from the company. The decal is still visible with some wear as they are extremely condition-sensitive. Overall, it is very rare to find any early portrait decal bat and this one is no exception.
Authentication: Provenance LOA.