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1920s Eddie Collins Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $580.00
Rare and unusual Eddie Collins pro model bat dating to the 1920s. Produced by The Sanford Bat Company of Sanford, Maine, the bat features Collins' facsimile signature deeply stamped on the barrel. "Professional Model 55" is stamped within the center brand. This bat is an enigma of sorts, as very little information is known about The Sanford Bat Company. The bat is not hand-turned, as it features a stamped knob, and there are no photographs yet known picturing a Major League ballplayer using a clearly identified Sanford bat. It is, however, consistent with all specifications of other known Collins game bats manufactured by other companies from the era. The bat displays heavy use including surface marks and deadwood on the reverse of the barrel. The majority of use is displayed below the center brand, where the handle exhibits two large, distinct cracks. The largest of the two cracks, which has since been repaired, resulted in the bat having once been divided into two separate pieces. Despite that condition flaw, the bat has been expertly restored and still offers fine visual appeal. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31 ounces. Graded A3 by MEARS, with two points deducted for the cracks in the handle and another three points deducted due to its having a stamped, rather than hand-turned knob. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $580.00
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