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1890s-1920s Rare Mini-Bat Lot of (3) with "Babe" Ruth Endorsement, Gold Medal & Hidden Compartment Types

Lot Number 639

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Take your best cut at this trio of rare mini-bats. Dating from the 1890s-1920s, these (3) antique souvenirs are examples of some truly tough types, with:

c.1890s Ring bat with hidden compartment. This ancient 16" long relic is decorated with the team name "Brooklyn" on the barrel in India ink and two sets of three grooved rings on the handle. At the top of the barrel is a 2" section which screws off to reveal an interior compartment. Bats of this type have been reported as containing pencil sets, confections or possibly long matches, though whatever the intended purpose is, surviving examples are few in number. An unobtrusive split is noted on the cap segment and the barrel ink shows light to moderate wear, otherwise this incredible piece presents handsomely.

c.1900s Spalding 9-3/4" mini-bat with "Gold Medal" decal on the barrel and black tape on the handle. While the Spalding factory decal displays a decent level of integrity, the Gold Medal decal closer to the end of the barrel shows considerable wear and the barrel is notched and chipped all over. Making up for the extensive wear evident, is the considerable rarity of this turn of the century treasure.

c.1920s "Babe" Ruth 14" endorsement bat. A prized Ruth endorsement item from the peak period of his career with the New York Yankees, this nearly one hundred year old stick was included as a premium in packages of underwear, as evidenced by the label on the barrel that reads "Babe Ruth Athletic Underwear". While moderate wear is noted, it serves to provide a period authentic look to this prized relic related to baseball's greatest legend.

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