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1921-1931 "Black Betsy" Sidewritten Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
Offered here is a classic example of a 1920s "Black Betsy" model bat, manufactured by H&B and made famous by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson during his playing days , that was later returned to the factory as indicated by the faint side writing and remnants of the original shipping label on the barrel. The "Black Betsy" model bat is characterized by its two-tone finish (light handle-dark barrel). The offered example, which bears no name stamped on the barrel (another characteristic of the "Black Betsy" model), dates from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period and displays heavy use along its entire length, including a nine-inch "H" crack in the handle that has been repaired with two vintage screws. The side writing on the barrel is very faint; however, the player's first name, "John," is clearly legible as are the month and day in the date, "7-30." The last name begins with "Let" and ends with "on," but the middle portion has faded beyond legibility (almost certainly a minor-league player). The year appears to read "23" or "28." Written below the player's name is another notation that begins with "Pe" and might be Peoria, IL. The vault mark "Funny" (meaning unknown) is stamped on the top of the barrel. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 33.5 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use but 1 point subtracted for the crack and screws in the handle). Please Note: MEARS' accompanying LOA clearly states that this bat has been authenticated and graded simply as a professional model "Black Betsy" bat and the specifications of this bat are different from those of bats known to be used by Joe Jackson during his Major League playing career or afterwards. This is a great and extremely rare Joe Jackson-related bat but should not be confused with a Joe Jackson game-used bat; in the past "Black Betsy" models have sometimes been incorectly taken for Joe Jackson game-used bats, which resulted in collectors paying many times more than true market value for the bats. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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