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Old 04-27-2021, 06:56 PM
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Default Harry Hoch 1916 bat should it be refinished

You may have seen I had posted several early bats for trade in BST. Well I got no action. Several of these bats had been packed away including this Louisville Slugger Hoch model. Harry Hoch played. Only a few years was a pitcher and had some at bats 1913-15. This bat has 1916 labeling. I have had the bat for many years and just thought it could go as I have too many bats. One of the main reason is I donít like the dark finish. Got looking at it closer and it seems it has some paper label on it and under that it has the nice bright finish I like. Apparently itís not worth much so I think Iíll just keep it. I have two questions would it be a crime if I refinished it to the bright color and secondly does anyone know what this paper label might have been?
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:35 PM
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If your bat has MADE IN USA on the center label--it is from circa 1922 and not earlier. (hard to see). Likely a minor league bat or perhaps for another player with the same name....I see he played 3 years in the majors...but not after 1915. I am guessing this has to be a minor league bat of some type...minimal value...not going to destroy anything major and perhaps you want to make it more the way you like it..
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:03 PM
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Thanks I was going by Bradsby being added in 1916. Iíve had this bat for over twenty years so I am not sure I remember the details of when I got it but I do remember I got with another similar bat with same style name of an obscure major league player which I guess could have been a minor leaguer too. I donít collect bats specifically and was surprised I had over 20 when I rounded them all up. I guess itís still almost 100 years old so Iíll keep it.
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Old 04-28-2021, 06:55 AM
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Itís your bat, so you should do whatever you want.
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Send it to Matt for a cleaning
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Old 04-28-2021, 07:29 AM
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The bat definitely has a vintage look. Personally, I wouldn't do anything with it. But if I were you, and if I thought the bat fit into my collection, and if I could imagine it looking better, then I'd refinish it (except that the mailing label is very cool, in my opinion).
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Old 04-28-2021, 12:55 PM
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It is definitely darker than my keepers and actually darker than my ďextrasĒ. I probably should just send it down the road for whatever I can get. On the other hand I currently donít have a place to display them so they will all just be stacked in a corner.
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