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1920s Jake Daubert Decal Bat
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $528.75
Extremely rare early 1920s H&B Louisville Slugger "40 J. D." Jake Daubert store-model decal bat features a colorful batting image of Daubert on the barrel surrounded by his endorsement: "Jake Daubert - The leading slugger of the National League who uses exclusively a Louisville Slugger - And this is his favorite model." Daubert is one of the rarest of all decal bats, far rarer than Cobb, Jackson, and maybe all others. We've never even seen an example of this decal bat before. The decal label is approximately 85% complete and intact, with no restoration whatsoever, which these days is also somewhat of a rarity for portrait decal bats. We grade the decal a "5" on a scale of "1 to 10." First baseman Jake Daubert was a two-time National League batting champion with Brooklyn in 1913 and 1914. In 1919 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he helped lead the club to its first-ever World Championship against the infamous "Black Sox." Daubert retired after the 1924 season, finishing his career with a .303 lifetime average and 2,326 hits. The bat features bold, well-defined manufacturer's stampings throughout. Evidence of light former use is apparent, including a small horizontal crack (running across the grain) on the back of the barrel; otherwise the bat is clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $528.75
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