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Antique Baseball Bat "Rare Pair" with Circa 1900 Victor "Mushroom" & Circa 1920s Indiana "Rogers Hornsby"

Lot Number 594

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Take your best swing at this pair of antique baseball bats. With few examples of either of these ancient diamond clubs offered over the past decade, they undoubtedly merit description as very tough. Fantastic barrel labels, distinctive knobs and authentic signs of use result in remarkable display appeal. Featured are: c.1900 Victor Sporting Goods “No. 94” mushroom bat (VG) 34” long with approximate 45oz weight; c.1920s Indiana Bat Co. “Rogers Hornsby Model” bat (EX) 33” long with approximate 35oz weight. More on our website.

The Victor mushroom bat shows extensive signs of use including an unobtrusive handle crack, the factory label features a flying eagle over a baseball design with the words “Trade” and “Mark” located on the top and bottom of the ball respectively, the name “Victor” appears boldly above the logo in stylish turn-of-the-century script, while the markings “Sporting Goods Co” and “No. 94” located below the logo remain discernable despite considerable wear at center, the letter “F” is etched into the knob end and the barrel end is unmarked.


The Indiana Hornsby bat shows light to moderate signs of use/wear, however the handle does have a glue repaired crack, the barrel is boldly labeled as “Rogers Hornsby MODEL” and two factory labels are equally appealing with: a pennant outline around the words “Power + Plus And Grain Sealed”; and an Indiana state map outline around the words “Indiana Bat Co. Sure Hit Paoli, Ind” all in block letters, the diminutive knob end is consistent in keeping with the type preferred by Hornsby who alternately employed knob-less “flair” style bats or those of small stature such as the offered model in order to facilitate wrapping his hand around the knob when desired, the barrel end is etched with the initials “W H”.

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