2012 National Treasures Joe Jackson Bat Knob 1/1 Hits Ebay

Baseball is all about history, and all about rarity of players outside of the modern players we all have come to collect. As a result, reliance on historical artifacts of the game have become more valuable as the material has been used up. We have seen pre-war memorabilia sell for hundreds of thousands if not millions, and it should come as no surprise that card collectors want a piece of the action.

Topps has made bat knobs a focus of their products over the last few years, and Panini has followed suit with knob cards in National Treasures. Unlike Topps, however, Panini is not bound by the same rules regarding players banned from the game. Joe Jackson is one of those players. His bat knob JUST surfaced on eBay, and it might be one of the rarest memorabilia cards ever produced.

2012 National Treasures Joe Jackson Bat Knob Relic 1/1

Its not like Jackson has been absent from products, either. Both Panini and Upper Deck have produced bat relics of Jackson prior – from bats used during his days travelling around the country barnstorming. They sell VERY well.

2012 National Treasures Joe Jackson Bat Relic /49

2008 Prime Cuts Joe Jackson Quad Bat Relic /50

2001 SP Legendary Cuts Joe Jackson Bat Relic

Joe Jackson was a VERY important player in the old baseball landscape, as he is one of the players that should be mentioned with Cobb, Gherig and Ruth. However, because of the scandal and subsequent ban, he is not. Ruth was known for his persona as someone who could almost be defined by modern standards, and frequently signed autographs as much as he could. Jackson, on the other hand, was illiterate and only has a handful of authenticated autograph examples known to exist. His memorabilia is not as scarce, but compared to Ruth and other titans of the game, it might as well be.

When you consider that Ruth has had a few bat knob cards in Topps products recently, and Gherig has also been included with Mantle and others – all of which have sold for ridiculous money, what does this card mean to the overall scheme of things? I think the card looks very clean and nice, even though Joe Jackson should widely be considered to be one of the ugliest men to walk the face of the earth. The destroyed foil auth sticker is very distracting, but this bat is one that may not have the same level of authentication that needs to be presented. I would personally rather have a Ruth knob or even a Mantle one, as the allure of the Mick and the Babe will overshadow every single player out there. Everyone has heard of Mantle and Ruth, not everyone has heard about Joe Jackson. I guess that kind of presents the reason why this card is so cool – its the one that everyone has never had the chance to need.

I know that people are fans of the bat knob cards, but I am someone that thinks autographs should be the true calling card of a collection. Of course, with Joe Jackson, that isnt available, so is this the next best thing?

8 thoughts on “2012 National Treasures Joe Jackson Bat Knob 1/1 Hits Ebay

  1. Considering the cost of a real game-used bat of these players it might actually be cheap. That said, I have great doubts about the legitimacy of many of these cards. Real Joe Jackson bats can be counted on one hand, so it would actually be a travesty to cut it up like this.

  2. When will people wise up, ugly isn’t worth a dang thing. Quality is the true driver of value.

  3. Sold for $10,000. Only question now is whether it will go unpaid or not.

  4. When and why did ebay stop showing what the real accepted best offer amount was on the auction?

    I think they make changes just for the hell of it…

  5. Change the .com in the eBay address to .ca and you will be able to see the accepted offer

  6. beef & spice: this is the latest annoying development from eBay. Now they want to limit information so that you can’t make wise decisions based on past sales. I’m sure they would say it’s for privacy concerns or some BS. Or, maybe they struck a deal with Beckett to make their price guide relevant again. Whatever it is it’s one more things eBay has done to water-down their service.

  7. Everything they do is done to put more money in their pockets. Without the best offer showing the sale price appears to be closer to the asking price. In theory this would increase percieved values, thus increasing ebay final value fees.

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