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1870s Peck & Snyder Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Peck & Snyder's "Base Ball and Sportsman's Emporium," located in New York City, was one of the primary suppliers of baseball equipment to professional and high-level teams during the mid-to-late 1800s. Offered here is what was surely one of its best selling items during the 1870s: a genuine Peck & Snyder baseball bat. Measuring 36 inches in length and weighing 38.5 ounces, the bat features the company's distinctive "shield" logo on the barrel, flanked on each side by two sets of black rings. Because of the age and wear to the bat, the company's name is no longer visible; however, the words "New York" are still legible along the base of the logo. The bat is designed in the style of the period, with a thick handle and small knob, and lathe marks are evident on both the knob and end of the barrel. The bat displays heavy use and wear throughout, including minor grain separation along the top of the barrel. All forms of early baseball equipment are quite rare, with those produced by the leading early manufacturers, such as this piece, being of special significance to collectors. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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