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1921-1931 Eddie Collins Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
Eddie Collins H&B signature-model "40k" bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1921 to 1931 manufacturing period. This bat is a "40K" model, which means that it was originally produced with a cork-grip handle. As MEARS notes in its accompanying LOA, cork-grip bats were available both at the professional and retail levels; however, the two are easily distinguished by the fact that the retail models display inch marks on the knob, whereas the professional models do not. The offered bat does not display inch marks and both its length (33.75 inches) and weight (34.7 ounces) fall within acceptable ranges for Collins bats from the era. All of the cork grip has been stripped from the handle and the bat displays significant use along its entire length, including light deadwood on the reverse of the barrel, a three-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired with three vintage screws, and cleat marks. A three-inch area of black-tape residue is evident on the handle in the area of the crack. A member of Connie Mack's fabled "$100,000 infield" during the early teens, and then later the Chicago White Sox in 1917 and 1919, Collins was regarded as the finest all-around second baseman of his era. The numbers certainly back up that assessment. Collins led his position in fielding percentage nine times and also batted over .300 on twenty separate occasions. He finished his career with a .333 lifetime average, tied for twenty-sixth on the all-time list. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. Graded A4 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, but minus 3 points for the "40K" model designation and minus another combined point for the crack/nails/tape residue on the handle). LOA from Troy Kinunen and Dave Bushing/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,000
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