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Old 05-08-2007, 07:19 PM
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Posted By: Dave F

Curious as to how much these bats are worth from the different time periods? Also, are there are manafactuers from the early part of the century that have bats that command more money?

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:24 PM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Dave, bat prices depend on a lot of things....like cards, rarity and conditon matter a whole lot. For store model bats you will pay a premium for special bats like Decal bats, or bats with a mushroom knob. I'm sure others will expand on this....I know that Mike H. Will when he discovers this new board...I'm going to have to give him an email because you're not allowed to mention competing forums over at Game Used.

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:31 PM
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Are there early Hillerich and Bradsby bats that have the player names of any of the Hall of Famers from T206? Just curious..I would imagine these would be worth substancially more than a 1952 Andy Pafko model.

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:38 PM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Yes there are....I have a Stall & Dean Jim Delahanty Model and a 40TC Ty Cobb model. I think Honus Wagner was the first player model bat. Bats are not my expertise, but I have a passing knowledge of them.

This pic shows the Delahanty bat...the other bats are from the 1890s...a Spalding 'Antique' Model ring bat and a Victor Sporting Goods bat.

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:57 PM
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Dave, there were several bat endorsers from the t206 era. Spalding, H&B, and Stall and Dean are among those that issued these. Some of the bigger names include Cobb, Chance, Collins, Keeler, Bresnahan, Clarke, Wagner and Lajoie. Bats can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Just as cards subject, condition, and rarity are keys.

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Posted By: Mark Lutz

Early players used a range of bats, including Spalding, Reach, and Louisville Sluggers. There are collectors who favor the Louisville Slugger over all others and will pay a good premium for them--but I don't mind picking up Spaldings, Krens, Hanna-Batrites, and even a Hilton Collins now and then.

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Posted By: Dave F

Great info guys thanks.

So a typical bat from the time period with any of the HOF'ers model in say a poor condition but the print on the bat is still legible would probably be a decent deal for $100?

Also..I'm assuming just because a bat says Cobb or Clarke on it doesn't mean it's not from 1940 instead of 1910..and thus worth much less?

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

H&B bats can be dated by their center brand. It's too long to go into detail about all the different brands, but if you have a photo of the bat I can date it for you.

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Dave
As Dan said, the labels are the key. I don't follow the store model bats very closely but if you find a full size, vintage Cobb bat for $100, you should snap it up. Same for a Fred Clarke or any of the hall of famers. A Cobb bat with all the right characteristics and provenance could run you $100,000.

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Old 05-08-2007, 09:13 PM
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No photos..not as of yet anyway. And sorry being vague..but trying to get information without giving away too much for the time being. Do the bat values, besides considering company, do the values run on the player? Must like cards where a Cobb would be the most sought after and expensive bats to find...while a Roger Bresnahan might be at the bottom of the barrel as far as costs assoicated with HOF items from pre-1920?

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