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1912 Frank Chance Hand-Turned Spalding Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $13,920.00
Catalog Description Modification: Please note the printed catalog lists the SCD Authentic grade as A6. This is a typographical error. The correct grade is A7.5.
This Spalding "Autograph" model bat has the facsimile signature "Frank L. Chance" in the middle of the centerbrand label. The bat exhibits heavy game use including ball and cleat marks. The thick handle has a three-inch crack. These Spalding autograph models were offered to the store trade but this example has the "hand-turned" knob, not finished or stamped Spalding. This type of bat provided to the players was basically the same as the ones provided to retail stores except for the "hand-turned" knob. The beautiful dark wood bat is composed of top quality ash and has distinct manufacturer's stampings. Best known as the first baseman in the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combination, made famous in the 1910 poem by Franklin P. Adams, Chance was both a skillful fielder and hitter; yet he earned special recognition as the Chicago Cubs' inspirational player-manager. He guided the Cubs' dynasty to winning four pennants in five years (1906-1910). Frank Chance was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 44.5 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A7.5. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $13,920.00
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