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Circa 1910 Frank Chance Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
Manufactured by the Pontiac Turning Co., the offered bat features the name "Chance" stamped upon the knob in block letters. The bat has been hand-turned (as noted by the lathe mark upon the knob) and features an illustration of an Indian within its trademarked center brand logo. Heavy use is displayed throughout its entire length including cleat marks, surface marks and a five-inch crack in the handle. The Pontiac Turning Co. was bought out by H&B in the mid teens and few examples are seen today, especially those produced for Major League players. There are no known examples of Frank Chance H&B bats, nor are there any known photographs picturing him using H&B bats. Thus, it is a virtual certainty that Chance only used Spalding and various off-brand bats (such as this example) throughout his career. This particular bat, in addition to bearing Chance's name on the knob, also matches the specifications of other known Frank Chance pro model bats. Frank Chance, known as "The Peerless Leader," was the player/manager of the Cubs from 1905 to 1912, a span which witnessed the club capturing four pennants and two World Championships. Despite that success, he is best known today for his inclusion in what is regarded as baseball's most famous double-play combination: Tinker to Evers to Chance. He was eventually elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946 along with both Tinker and Evers. Frank Chance pro model bats are particularly rare and are represented in very few collections of early Hall of Famer pro model bats. Length: 32 inches. Weight: 34.5 ounces. Graded A4.5 by MEARS. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing and Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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