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    Circa 1905 Napoleon Lajoie Decal Bat. The specific trademark format of this "J.F. Hillerich & Son" lumber dates this ancient relic to around 1905, a period that saw Cleveland's American League representative bearing Lajoie's famous nickname. You've probably seen the decal image on T206 cards, but just a handful of these bats have surfaced in the collecting hobby, and this is among the finest of that thin supply. We'd assess percentage of decal completeness in the low nineties, and stress that most of the loss is outside the image area. The thirty-one inch (31") bat itself likewise survives in very strong condition.

    The bat has the "C-1B" center brand, which according to Vince Malta, "started in the early 1900's and continued until approximately 1905." Hillerich & Bradsby's first endorser was Honus Wagner who signed his exclusive contract 9/1/1905. Lajoie was quickly signed to a contract by the company less than two weeks later. That makes this one of the very first endorsement model bats. One of the most attractive and vulnerable relics of the early twentieth century game.


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