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1911-1916 Eddie Collins Side Written Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $37,700.00
This exceptionally rare pre-1916 "dash-dot-dash" Hillerich & Son signature model bat was used by Hall of Famer Eddie Collins in his prime. The bat exhibits heavy game use including cleats marks covering the handle which have been strategically placed there by Collins for better grip of the bat. A heavy coat of pine tar has been applied to the handle and extends to the center brand label. The center brand label is distinct and deeply defined, while the Collins' facsimile signature stamping at the end of the barrel is lightly worn but is still very clear and legible. This bat originated directly from the H&B vaults and is clearly side written "Edw T. Collins - Chicago White Sox" on the back of the barrel in grease pencil. Remnants of the shipping label used to return the bat to the manufacturer are still visible on the front of the barrel. A crack, which no doubt prompted Collins to return the bat to Louisville to use the same specifications on future models, is evident on the handle (approx. 10 inches). Eddie Collins was the cornerstone of Connie Mack's fabled $100,000 infield during the team's Championship years (1910 to 1914), and is considered by many to be the greatest second baseman of his era. The 1909-1914 period witnessed some of Collins most productive seasons, as he compiled batting averages of .347, .324, .365, .348, .345 and .344 respectively during that time. Though he would hit over .300 in nineteen of his twenty-five seasons, he never managed to win a batting title, although playing in the same league as Ty Cobb might explain that fact. Collins finished his career with a .333 lifetime batting average and 3,315 hits. This extraordinary example is one of only two Eddie Collins side written bats known to exist. Such side writing is very significant as it considered the moral equivalent of having an actual letter of authenticity from Collins himself. An extremely rare dead ball-era Hall of Famer game bat and unquestionably one of the finest Eddie Collins bats known to exist. Length: 34.25 inches. Weight: 35.5 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A7.5. LOA from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $37,700.00
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