1897-1911 Frank Schulte Sidewritten and Vault-Stamped Game-Used Bat - PSA/DNA GU 9

Sold For: $13,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2011

Item Year: 1900

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Frank Schulte H&B block-letter (last name only) model bat (pre dating model numbers) dating from the 1905 to 1910 manufacturing period. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. Although the bat conforms to the general 1897-1911 manufacturing period, specific variances in the center brand allow for a more narrow 1905-1910 dating. Of the few Frank Schulte pro-model bats in the hobby today, this is unquestionably the finest due to its inherent provenance of having originated directly from the Louisville Slugger vaults. That provenance is made explicit both by the side writing, which reads "Big Frank Schulte 3-30-1_" (the last numeral of the date has faded beyond legibility), and the two factory vault stampings on the knob: "Schulte" and "S47." The bat displays outstanding use along its entire length, including ball marks, stitch impressions, checking (grain swelling from repeated ball contact), two chips to the knob, and an approximate twelve-inch "H" crack in the handle that has been repaired with vintage nails. Frank "Wildfire" Schulte was one of the game's first great sluggers of the dead-ball era and the National League home run leader in both 1910 (10) and 1911 (21). 1911 also saw him hit .300 with a league-leading 107 RBI, numbers which earned him MVP honors at season's end. A member of the Cubs from 1904 to 1916, Schulte helped lead the club to four pennants and two World Championships during that span. He finished his career with a .270 average, 92 home runs, and 793 RBI. Bats used by prominent dead-ball era players are exceedingly rare. This is the first Frank Schulte pro-model bat we have ever offered and one of only three we have seen. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 36.3 ounces. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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