1921-22 Jim Thorpe Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9....
Despite his long career in a number of sporting disciplines, game used material from this Native American superstar is exceedingly rare in the modern collecting hobby, and inspires fierce bidding wars on the rare occasions they surface at auction. A jersey worn as a member of the Canton Bulldogs football team soared past the quarter million mark nearly a decade ago, and would likely double that figure today. We expect those sophisticated collectors who drove the bidding in 2004 to set their sights on this equally compelling artifact, the only known signature model Jim Thorpe game used bat on the planet.
Thorpe signed his first signature contract with the Hillerich & Bradsby bat company in 1921, allowing leading bat expert John Taube to assign the two-year production range announced in the lot title. Thorpe had exited the Major Leagues in 1919 but remained very active on the barnstorming circuit, where this punished lumber saw protracted use.
The bat measures thirty-five and a half inches in length and tips the scales at a hefty forty-one ounces, quite similar in dimensions to those used by Babe Ruth in this era. Ball marks coat the barrel, where slight checking is apparent from dozens of hard contacts. Green bat rack marks streak the barrel. Two ancient nails tack down the wood just above Thorpe's facsimile signature. A couple inches of vintage grip tape remain at lower handle, and mounting holes appear at knob and barrel end, suggesting the bat was once publicly displayed. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.
Service and Handling Description: Bats, Clubs, Sticks, Swords, Rifles, etc. (view shipping information)