It should be noted that, given the extreme rarity of each bat, it took our consignor many years to put this collection together and it is for that reason that they are being offered here as a single lot. The Frank Schulte H&B block-letter bat (last name only) dates to the 1923-1925 manufacturing period, a time that predates model numbers on bats.
In baseball, Spalding manufactured the official ball of the major leagues through the 1976 season, using the Reach brand on American League balls and the Spalding trademark on National League balls.
, which began with the line "These are the saddest of possible words: Tinker to Evers to Chance." Fittingly, all three players were inducted into the Hall of Fame together in 1946.
Offered here is a collection of pro-model bats that represent each member of that historic "trio of bear cubs." Ideally, each bat is accompanied by an individual LOA from PSA/DNA.
Side writing is of great significance to collectors as it places a bat directly into the hands of the player so named.
When players returned bats to the factory (to be used as templates for future orders), identifying notations, including the player's name and date received, would be written in grease pencil on the side of the bat by an H&B employee and stored in the vaults for future reference.