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    One of only two playing-days Chance bats known to exist!

    Circa 1912 Frank Chance Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 6. Let's be frank--this is likely your one and only chance to own one of the toughest twentieth century Hall of Famer bats in the hobby. Bad puns aside, those are simply the facts. Leading bat expert John Taube confirms that this is the only Spalding barrel branded signature model known. The bat is unique. And lest you mistake this important war club for a retail model, Taube reminds us that during the era those player endorsed bats hold a center brand reading either "Gold Medal Autograph" or "Player Autograph." The "Spalding" only trademark seen here was exclusively the domain of the professional player.

    This labeling period covered a span from 1912 through 1922, but it's likely that Chance's departure from the Majors midway through the New York Yankees' 1914 season put a stop to the production. The heavy use, evident in grain checking of the barrel, ball marks and a repaired handle crack, assure this bat was no wallflower. "KR" is carved into the knob, apparently executed by an owner subsequent to Chance. Length is thirty-five inches, weight thirty-six ounces.

    Though the days of "Tinker to Evers to Chance" had passed by the time the Hall of Fame first baseman wrapped his hands around the thick barrel of this Dead Ball era treasure, the bat's probable participation in the earliest years of the New York Yankees (the nickname was officially adopted in 1913) should register like blood in the water to the shark tank of Yankees collectors. With the Yankees, the Chicago Cubs and Hall of Fame bat collectors sure to take an intense interest, this is a relic with unlimited investment potential. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 6.


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    August, 2013
    1st-2nd Thursday-Friday
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