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Folk Art Bat Made by Lyman Bostock Sr. Signed By Negro Leaguers (60)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
Lyman Bostock Sr., the celebrated superstar of the Negro Leagues, personally crafted this bat as a work of art in tribute to baseball and the Negro Leagues, as opposed to as an actual bat for use. That is why its very unusual and large dimensions do not conform to that of any bat ever actually used by any player. The bat measures 36 inches long, the barrel is extremely thick, measuring 2.75 inches in diameter, and the weight is 40.2 ounces. Instead of a manufacturer's stamp, Bostock has engraved "Made by Lyman Bostock Sr. Negro League Legends" in the barrel. It is beautifully finished and lacquered. When finished, Bostock proceeded to have the bat signed by many Negro League veterans, ultimately exceeding sixty signatures. Most were applied in felt tip or Sharpie marker and all are very carefully applied, no smearing or overlapping. It was an honor to sign the bat and the players obviously took great care when signing. A few names on this bat may not immediately be recognized except by advanced collectors or scholars of the history of Negro League baseball, but that, no doubt, is part of the point of this extraordinary and unique signed folk art bat. Signatures: Frank Duncan Jr., Leon Day, Lyman Bostock Sr., Josh Johnson (signed twice), Harold Gordon, Lester Lockett, Bill Beverly, Ron Teasley, Rufus Lewis, "Double Duty" Radcliffe, Nap Gulley, Wilmer Fields, Tommy Sampson, Max Manning, Ray Noble, Stanley Glenn, Joe Black, Eugene Scruggs, Harold Gould, Russell Awkard, Buck O'Neil, Jimmy Dean, Dennis Biddle, George Crowe, Chuck Harmon, Sherwood Brewer, Gene Collins, Wilmer Harris, Willie Harris, Benny Felder, Josh Gibson Jr., Gene Benson, L. Cromartie, Mamie Johnson (one of three woman to play in the Negro Leagues), Willie Grace, Leroy "Toots" Ferrell, J.C. Hartman, Harold Hair, Ray Haggins, Herman "Doc" Horn, Joe B. Scott, Sam Jethroe, Tony Lloyd, Verdell Mathis, Robert Scott, Bob Mitchell, Armando Vasquez, Willie Williams, Pee Wee Jenkins, John Kennedy, Jake Gordon, Jesse Mitchell, Jim McCurine, Jim Robinson, Bo Wallace, Frazier Robinson, Monte Irvin, Jim Zapp, and two others we could not identify. The signatures are all very strong, grading "8" to "10" (averaging "9" overall). The bat is accompanied by a signed photograph of Bostock as he appeared with the Winnipeg Buffalos, and a signed color art postcard of Bostock (both in Mint condition, signatures both "10"). The bat is both a unique piece of American folk art and a very substantial signed tribute to the legendary Negro Leagues. Mint condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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