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Circa 1915 Hal Chase Store Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00
Scarce Hal Chase "Spalding Autograph" model bat features his facsimile signature deeply stamped on the barrel as part of the center brand. The "Spalding Autograph" series of bats were produced specifically for retail sale. As such, it's not surprising that the company issued bats featuring Chase's name. "Prince Hal" was widely regarded as the best fielding first baseman of his era, starring with the New York Highlanders for eight seasons (1906-13) before jumping to the Federal League in 1914. He also later played for both Cincinnati (where he captured the batting title in 1916) and the New York Giants (1919). Despite his talent on the field, Chase remains one of baseball's more infamous characters, long rumored to have been involved in "fixing" games. Though the charges were never proven, he was forced out of baseball under a swirling cloud of suspicion following the 1919 season. The bat displays heavy wear along its entire length, including a wrap of vintage black tape (9.5 inches in length) along the handle, deadwood, and a few areas of wood loss on both the front and reverse of the barrel. Additionally, twenty-three small, vintage nails have been hammered into the knob, creating a pattern resembling the letter "S." Length: 34 inches. Weight: 37.5 ounces. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $580.00
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