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    Straight from the heart of the greatest era in Chicago Cubs history!

    1905-10 Frank Chance Game Used & Sidewritten/Vault-Marked Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. He was scouted by the National League representative of the Windy City while playing semi-professional ball during college and got his Major League start as a member of the 1898 Chicago Orphans, a team that would rebrand as the Cubs in 1903, the same year that Chance became the starting first baseman. Chance would succeed Frank Selee as the team's manager in 1905 and marshal the team to four National League pennants and two World Championships between 1906 and 1910, earning the nickname "The Peerless Leader." He still holds the highest managerial winning percentage in franchise history.

    Presented is the finest Frank Chance bat on the planet, thus one of the most significant game used artifacts to emerge from nearly a century and a half of National League history in the city of Chicago. This thrilling war club from the absolute pinnacle of Cubs dominance, utilized by its Hall of Fame player/manager, will hold an almost religious reverence for those fans who soldiered on through generations of drought prior to the 2016 reprieve.

    Like most bats from the Dead Ball Era, this is a mammoth tool relative to modern examples, measuring thirty-six inches (36") in length and tipping the scales at over forty-four ounces (44.4 oz.). The experts at PSA/DNA characterize game use as "outstanding," referencing ball marks, cleat divots and a small chip on the knob. But the ironclad provenance is arguably the bat's most impressive feature, the attribution to one of the franchise's greatest heroes coming in the form of a sidewritten "Frank.Chance" and the repetition of his surname in a block-lettered brand just below.

    As the PSA/DNA letter explains, bats bearing a vault marked player name are extremely rare, and it was commonplace for players of this era to use blank-barreled bats, which this one was until it was returned to the Louisville factory where it was sent for reproduction. Factory-implemented additions to the bat continued over the years, notably the addition of an updated center brand in the early 1920's when the company name was changed from "J.F. Hillerich & Son" as appears on the original center brand to "Hillerich & Bradsby Co." This change would have been instituted for marketing purposes as the company showcased special models in a traveling public display. A circa 1918 Babe Ruth bat in the PSA/DNA database likewise bears a second, later center brand. The final alterations to this Chance exemplar came in the early 1940's when the company moved to model numbers, and we find "C131" stamped twice into the knob and a third time into the barrel end.

    As the only "personal model" on record for Frank Chance in the Louisville Slugger records, this is unquestionably the most significant gamer from the sturdy terminus of the "Tinkers to Evers to Chance" double-play trio that exists. Certainly Chance's supreme relevance to the most glorious age in Chicago Cubs history is well understood by any collector who will make a play for ownership. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10.


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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