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1911-1916 Frank Baker Full-Size Decal Bat
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
This H&B Louisville Slugger "40 F. B." full-size decal bat, which dates from the 1911-1916 manufacturing period, features a colorful portrait of Hall of Fame third baseman Frank Baker on the barrel. The decal pictures Baker as a member of the Philadelphia A's and boasts that he "Uses The Louisville Slugger Bat Exclusively." Baker's facsimile signature appears below his image, as does the lettering "World's Championship Model." One of the most interesting aspects of this decal is that H&B refers to Baker above his image as "Good-Night Baker" instead of "Home Run Baker." Baker earned his famous nickname by virtue of his home-run heroics in the 1911 World Series, indicating that this bat may have been issued right after the A's 1910 World Series victory, before Baker exchanged his "Good-Night" sobriquet for "Home Run." The decal on the offered bat is in outstanding condition overall and far superior to those normally seen. The decal label is approximately 95% complete and intact, with no restoration whatsoever, which these days has become somewhat of a rarity for portrait decal bats. Overall, the decal grades "7" (on a scale of "1" to "10"), displaying just light-to-moderate surface wear and a tiny gouge that affects the "S" in "Slugger." (Grading of, course, is very subjective in general, but is especially so for decals, and bidders should use their own judgment after viewing the image on line.) The 34-inch bat displays moderate-to-heavy wear throughout, and may have experienced use at some point in its past. An "H" (meaning unknown) is carved on the knob. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200.
SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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