Rare Circa 1890s Spalding "Zebra" Bat

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1787

Item Year: 1895

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Offered here is one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century Spalding store-model bats: a black-ringed "zebra" bat. Although known in the Spalding catalog as its "No. XX" model, collectors have often referred to it as the "zebra" bat because of the approximately sixteen black stripes that encircle the barrel. This is just the second example we have ever offered, and we can only recall having seen one other at auction in the past fifteen years. The bat, which features the Spalding logo and model number on the barrel (below the bottommost ring), displays moderate-to-heavy use, including fading to portions of the painted rings and a minor crack near the top of the barrel. This is a fine representative example of this Spalding rarity and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced nineteenth-century or store-model bat collection. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 40.8 ounces. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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