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Lot # 848 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Pair of Early 1900s Store-Model Bats - Spalding Mushroom and Reach "World Series"

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360

Two scarce store-model bats dating from the early 1900s: 1) Circa 1905 Spalding Mushroom bat.
This was an early evolutionary design, with the knob resembling a mushroom, hence its name. It was thought that the unique knob design helped to distribute the weight of the bat, thereby offering better balance for the batter. Like most of the unusual bat designs during that era, the mushroom bat failed to catch on and now remains both a scarce and unusual relic from the earliest days of our national pastime. The bat is simply stamped "Spalding/Mushroom" in the center. Moderate use is displayed throughout, including checking on the back of the barrel and a few tiny chips. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 39.4 ounces. 2) Circa 1910 Reach "World Series" bat. The barrel stamping reads "A. J. Reach Co./World Series/No. 105 Model 5." The bat displays moderate use throughout, including minor checking on both the front and back barrel, a few small chips, and a wrap of vintage black tape on the handle. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 40 ounces. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 bats.


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