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    Chicago White Sox-era lumber offers possibility of historic World Series action!

    1916-19 Eddie Collins Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. Despite a protracted era of success that saw the Philadelphia Athletics claim four American League pennants and three World Championships between 1910 and 1914, Connie Mack found himself unable to afford the star-studded roster that provided that success as the rogue Federal League drove player wages higher, scattering his Hall of Fame talent to the winds and dropping the Mack Men back down to the Junior Circuit cellar for years to come. The loss of Eddie Collins, the 1914 American League MVP, was perhaps the most painful, and the rising fortunes of the Chicago White Sox after his 1915 arrival in the Windy City were clearly no coincidence.

    The offered signature model Hillerich & Bradsby finds the inaugural class Hall of Famer sharing a dugout with Shoeless Joe and the rest of the gang that would capture the World Championship in 1917, and then throw it away in 1919. The four-season production span of the bat contains both of these storied Fall Classics.

    The experts at PSA/DNA characterize game use as "outstanding," noting ball marks, cleat divots and a handle crack. The ghost of fifteen inches of spiral grip tape, long since removed, is faintly visible. Period photos of Collins find him holding bats with a similar tape application.

    Length of thirty-four inches (34") and weight of thirty-five and a half ounces (35.6 oz.) are consistent with Collins' factory ordering records for this period, further substantiation of its important history. Was this bat in the game as the Chicago White Sox won it all in 1917? Was it there when Eight Men Out took their notorious dive in 1919? We'll never know for certain, but the possibilities make it one of the most exciting Collins representations from the thin supply of surviving examples. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.

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    February, 2020
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