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Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Baseball Bat Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,819
Collection of seven rare "style" bats dating from the late 1800s. Each of these bats was obtained in the New England area by a very discriminating collector over the course of many years. This is a fascinating and outstanding museum-quality group of bats dating from the game's early years, seldom offered individually let alone as a collection. Although all of the bats show heavy use, the condition of each is much better than is normally found for bats of this vintage and they display exceptionally well. 1) Regulation Bat. The center brand bears the name of both the bat model, "Regulation," and manufacturer "I. B. & Co." The most striking feature of this bat is the four-inch-wide stripe of brown paint at the end of the barrel that includes two red circles, each of which has the word "Strike" painted within it. The top end of the barrel is also painted brown. While the bat displays light use, including a small nail in the back of the barrel and minor surface spotting, the painted portion along the barrel remains 98% intact and all of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. In Excellent condition overall. Length: 33 inches. Weight: 34.8 ounces. This is a high-grade example of this scarce relic. 2) Regulation "Ring" Bat. This is an unusual style bat in that it is much thinner than other bats from the era and is more akin to a modern fungo bat (which it may actually be a forerunner of). The center brand bears the name of both the bat model, "Regulation," and manufacturer "I. B. & Co." Two black-painted rings, of varying thickness, are positioned on either side of the center brand. Lathe marks are clearly evident on both the knob and barrel end. The bat displays heavy use, including adhesive residue on the handle, a tiny chip in the knob, and two small worm holes in the back of the barrel. A name ("Eaton") is lightly carved into the back of the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings are light, but legible. In Very Good condition overall. Length: 37.5 inches. Weight: 26.8 ounces. 3) Spalding "Ring" Bat. Prototypical Spalding "ring" bat from the period. The Spalding logo is featured in the center, flanked on either side by two black-painted rings of varying thickness. An additional band of black paint appears at the top of the barrel. The bat features a thick handle and displays lathe marks on both the knob and barrel end. Heavy use is exhibited in the form of ball marks, light surface wear, and an eight-inch "H" crack in the handle. Both the Spalding logo and painted rings are light but clearly legible. While technically in Very Good condition, the bat presents as Excellent and is perfect for display. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 25.6 ounces. 4) Spalding "Wagon Tongue" Bat, No. 000. One of Spalding's most popular models from the era, this bat can be found in numerous Spalding catalogs and guides dating from the late 1880s through the 1890s and features the patented "rough" handle. The Spalding logo is featured in the center, with the words "Wagon Tongue" painted on the barrel. A four-inch ring of black paint decorates the end of the barrel. Heavy use, including a six-inch "H" crack in the handle, deadwood on the back of the barrel, and areas of paint loss to both the letters and ring. In Good to Very Good condition. Length: 33 inches. Weight: 37.8 ounces. 5) B. G. J. "Home Run" No. 473 Bat. The center brand features the manufacturer's initials "B. G. J." The stamping to the left of the center brand reads "Home Run - No. 473." A four-inch wide ring of green paint decorates the end of the barrel and there is a twelve-inch long wrap of black tape on the handle. The end of the barrel is flat. Heavy use is displayed along its entire length, including ball marks. In Good to Very Good condition. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 37.8 inches. 6) "Generic" Bat. No manufacturer is listed on this bat that features a black-painted handle (fourteen inches in length) and a slightly bulbous knob. Heavy use is displayed in the form of ball marks, deadwood, a chip in the knob, and general surface wear. In Good to Very Good condition. Length: 37 inches: Weight: 29.4 ounces. 7) "Generic" Bat. No manufacturer is listed on this bat that features two thin incised rings near the center and an ornately designed knob. Heavy use, including a large nail in the barrel that has resulted in a small split in the grain. In Good to Very Good condition. Length: 37.5 inches. 25 ounces. Total: 7 bats. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,819
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