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1914 Tris Speaker Full-Size Decal Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,133.00
This 1914 H&B Louisville Slugger "40 T.S." full-size decal bat features a colorful portrait of Hall of Fame outfielder Tris Speaker on the barrel, as well as the "Louisville Slugger" brand name and Speaker's facsimile signature. The decals on these bats are easily chipped and scratched, which is the reason why so few pristine examples are known today. The decal on the offered bat is in outstanding condition overall and far superior to those normally seen. The decal label is approximately 90% complete and intact, with no restoration whatsoever, which these days has become somewhat of a rarity for portrait decal bats. Overall, the decal grades "6/7" (on a scale of "1" to "10"). (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 online.) This is a particularly unusual and interesting decal bat as it comes with a unique provenance as indicated by the specially applied plaque, designed in the shape of baseball (including engraved "laces"), located on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. Presented to a member of a local Minnesota baseball club, the engraved notations read "Harold Voges/Championship 1914/St. Paul School League/Presented by/St. Paul Dispatch/Pioneer Press." Also, a separate decal label, applied by a local St. Paul, Minnesota, sporting-goods firm, appears to the left of the center brand. The 34-inch bat displays light-to-moderate wear, including what appears to be a very small area of tape residue just above the knob, and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
SOLD FOR $2,133.00
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