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Lot Number: 9

Description: Very early baseball bat with rattan wrapped handle c.1860s-80s. Hand turned wooden baseball bat (35" long) representing a top of the line early model complete with an inset rattan wrapped handle. When first presented to us the importance of the bat was not evident however extensive research has been provided by a member of SABR's 19th Century Baseball Research Committee and, in large part, it will be passed along to the winning bidder. Numerous photographs are cited showing early players with bats that have a similar style handle wrap (with the rattan or leather set into the surface rather than sitting on the surface). The research further notes that there are around half a dozen examples which are known and they are similarly unmarked and in the same general range with regard to length. An interesting style and one of the earliest baseball specific bats we have handled: EX

Estimated Price Range: ($2,000-$4,000)

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