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Circa 1920 Salesman's-Sample Miniature Bat Bag with Sixteen Vintage Mini Bats Including Eddie Collins Decal bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,100
Offered here is one of the most unique retail baseball items we have ever seen: a salesman's-sample bag designed to hold miniature baseball bats. Ideally, the bag contains sixteen vintage (circa 1910s and 1920s) "mini" bats, all but four of which were produced by Hillerich & Bradsby. The canvas bag unfolds to dimensions of 68 x 32 inches and features prefabricated interior slots to hold thirty-one bats. The bag would then be rolled up like a blanket for easy transport from store to store. The highlight among the sixteen accompanying bats is a 1920s Eddie Collins H&B "40 EC" decal bat. The decal retains approximately twenty-five percent of its original paint and grades "5" (on a scale of "1" to "10"). The bat (22 inches) displays moderate-to-heavy wear and is in Good to Very Good condition. The remaining eleven H&B bats are comprised of four 1920s signature-models (Babe Ruth, Harry Heilmann, Eddie Collins, and Joe Cronin), two "League Recreation" decal bats ("No. 12" and "No. 13," respectively; one retains approximately eighty percent of its decal, the other retains approximately forty percent), three "Bing-Go" models ("No. 5," "No. 20," and "No. 30," respectively), an "Outfield Fungo" model, and an "Oil Tempered" model. The four non-H&B bats are a Hanna Batrite model (features a faint vintage ink notation on the barrel from a Southern League player most of which is illegible, except for the date: "March 14, 1939"), an A. J. Reach "The Burley" model, a bat stamped "Standard" on the barrel, and a green bat that is simple stamped "No. 2" in the center. All of the bats, which vary in length from 14.5 to 22 inches, are heavily worn, averaging "Gd," with four displaying either complete or partial wraps of vintage black tape on the barrel. Seven of the the H&B bats retain their original identification tags tied to the handle. The bag displays heavy wear, including staining and a number of small tears, and is in Good condition overall. Total: one bag and sixteen miniature bats.
SOLD FOR $5,100
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