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    1910-1915 Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner & Hank Gowdy Louisville Slugger Bat Decal Folio Page. During the 1910's, Louisville Slugger produced a series of promotional baseball bats with exquisite decals affixed to the barrels which featured the biggest stars of the day. Today, these bats remain highly prized artefacts by both bat collectors and period enthusiasts. While the bats are periodically offered for public sale, finding the decals in a state where they are not affixed to a bat is a much more difficult endeavor.

    Presented here is an original Louisville Slugger baseball bat decal folio page, used by the J.F. Hillerich & Son Co. for ordering their decals from the lithographer. Three separate decals, for Hall of Famers Ty Cobb (5x2.5") and Honus Wagner (6x2.5"), plus Hank Gowdy (5x2.5"), who was a member of the 1914 Miracle Braves, are neatly affixed to a thick stock card measuring 7x11". The page was originally obtained at Louisville Slugger Museum public auction in 2004. Under each decal is a period pencil notation indicating the name of the lithography company (Palm Fechteler) which produced the decals and a corresponding serial number for ordering purposes. While these decals exhibit minor flaking and chipping, which is understandable considering their vintage, their colors remain brilliant and they present magnificently. Matted and framed 15.75x12.75".

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    May, 2019
    16th-17th Thursday-Friday
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