Shoeless Joe Bat, 1915 Cracker Jack Set Top Auction

The only bat known to date from Joe Jackson’s playing days sold for $301,000 in a live auction conducted in New York Thursday. A recently-discovered 1915 Cracker Jack set–in the original album–also brought a six figure winning bid. Shoeless Joe’s favorite bat has a new home. Jackson’s 1917-21 Signature Model “Black Betsy” Game Bat — the only known career contemporary bat known–was sold by Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions Thursday afternoon. Part of a 200-plus lot sale which brought in $2.5 million, the bat sold for $301,000 after the addition of a 25% buyer’s premium. It had been in the collection of Bill Nowlin, a well-known bat collector. Over 100 people attended the three-hour live auction, primarily private collectors and other dealers. Click Here for full article.

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