Early Store-Model Bat Collection (4)

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1795

Item Year: 1900

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of four early store-model bats; three manufactured by Spalding and the other by Hillerich & Bradsby. Included are two player-endorsed models, and a H&B model with a rarely seen upside down center-brand stamping. Unless otherwise noted, each bat is not cracked and displays heavy use, including, but not limited to, checking (grain separation), ball marks, minor indentations, knob chips, knob carvings, and varying degrees of finish loss. 1) Late 19th-century Spalding "ring" bat. The bat features the Spalding logo in the center, flanked on either side by a thick and thin ring. The top portion of the barrel is darkly painted, below which are an additional thick and thin ring. 34 inches. 35.2 ounces. 2) 1897-1911 H&B bat. What makes this bat so unusual is that the center brand has been mistakenly stamped upside down. 32 inches. 40.6 ounces. 3) Circa 1910 Spalding Fred Clarke "Autograph" model. Clarke's stamped facsimile signature appears in the center brand, with "Spalding" and "Autograph" stamped, respectively, in block letters above and below his name. Repaired crack in the handle, heavy checking, and a small amount of wood loss at the top of the barrel. 34 inches. 30 ounces. 4) Circa 1930s Spalding Gus Suhr "Autograph" model "No. 200." The gold stampings feature the Spalding center-brand logo and a "Reslite" stamping directly to the right. 36 inches. 33.2 ounces. Total: 4 bats. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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