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Outstanding 1870s Peck Snyder Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644
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. All items related to Peck & Snyder are extremely desirable to collectors but virtually all that survives are advertising items in the form of trade cards, printed ads, and its catalogs of merchandise. The original baseball equipment they sold and that played such a significant role in the early development of organized baseball is virtually nonexistent today. Offered here is an outstanding example of one of its most important baseball equipment items offered for sale by Peck & Snyder dating from the 1870s: a genuine Peck & Snyder baseball bat. Original Peck & Snyder equipment is very rare. In fact, this is the only original Peck & Snyder baseball equipment item we have ever had the privilege of offering and one of only three Peck & Snyder bats we have seen in all our forty years. (For those who search the REA archives, which we provide online as a research resource, the Peck & Snyder bat example that sold at REA years ago is this very one!) 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. The condition is outstanding. Because of the age and normal wear to the bat, the company's name is no longer visible; however, the stripes and the outline of the Peck & Snyder shield logo are perfectly clear and the words "New York" in the logo are perfectly legible. The bat is designed in the unmistakable 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, naturally being of special historical significance. Card collectors, of course, are also very familiar with the "Peck & Snyder" name as the issuer of the famous trade card of the 1869 Cincinnati Reds (and several other trade cards featuring teams as well) that advertised this sporting-goods emporium. This is an exceptionally interesting and desirable bat dating from the dawn of the mass-production and standardization of baseball equipment, that can only be fully appreciated in person, and would be a prize addition to any world-class baseball equipment collection or museum display. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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