“Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat on the block – my birthday is coming up…

This story ultimately comes from AP, but I’ve linked to a Canadian Web site called SLAM! I mean, how can I resist that?

The only known signed “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat in existence is going on the block this week at Sotheby’s, and is expected to bring about $300,000. That might just be an underestimation because a sports collectible like this really only comes on the market once a generation, and Jackson is simulateously one of the most revered and reviled figures in sports. Some believe he was a saint who was framed and others that he was simply a traitor to his team.

The bat, known as “Black Betsy,” is a real beauty, to be sure. The thought of Jackson applying his prodigious skills with – whacking dingers and dribbling bunts – is enough to make even the most jaded sports fan drool.

For all you millionaire readers out there who love this blog like your own children, my birthday is about 1-1/2 months away. Remember, when it comes to your favorite Antique Trader editor, money is no object…

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