“Shoeless” Joe Jackson Bat Cards Coming from Upper Deck
Upper Deck has announced that they'll be including game-used bat cards of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.
The bat being used for the cards comes from the 1920s. Caught in the middle of the infamous Black Sox Scandal, Jackson was banned from Major League Baseball for apparently accepting a bribe to throw the 1919 World Series. Following this, Jackson took to barnstorming. This is where the bat Upper Deck is using came from.
Bat pieces will be used to make two different cards in 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions. The first has a single piece. A second multi-piece card will be more rare.
Because of his ban from baseball, Jackson is not usually permitted to appear in licensed sets. As a result, there aren't a lot of options for collectors looking for cards with his memorabilia. 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions is just the eighth set to include "Shoeless" Joe Jackson memorabilia cards. Just one set, 2001 SP Legendary Cuts, has MLB licensing.
2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions releases August 14.