Circa 1916 Reach Full-Size "World Series" Decal Bat

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1566

Item Year: 1916

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Scarce full-size "World Series" decal bat issued by Reach, circa 1916. The barrel features a circular decal that is lettered "World Series Model - Perfect Balance" in the center and "A. J. Reach Company Philadelphia" around the perimeter. The center brand is stamped "A.J. Reach Co. World Series No. 109 Model 5." This is the first example of this "World Series" decal bat we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen a few others over the years. As is common for nearly all decal bats from this era, large and small, the fragile decal label displays a number of chips and abrasions, and is approximately seventy-five to eighty percent complete. The bat (34 inches), which is not cracked, displays moderate-to-heavy use, including numerous ball marks. In Very Good condition overall.

Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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