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Circa 1912-25 Sam Crawford Spalding Professional Model Bat - PSA/DNA

Lot Number 1015

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This past September, a certifiable Sam Crawford gamer (the only known side-written example) sold at auction for just shy of $75,000. It's possible that the Crawford pro model bat presented here was in fact also game used by Wahoo Sam, as the accompanying PSA/DNA LOA explains at great length:


"Spalding Gold Medal Autograph series bats and Autograph Series bats were popular among players from the early 1900s to the 1920s, when Louisville Slugger became the primary bat used in the major leagues. Spalding bats have been photographed with ball players (see attached Sam Crawford photo) and many were returned by the players to Louisville Slugger for bats of the same model...Both the Gold Medal Autograph and Autograph Series appear in Spalding catalogs from the era and were also available to the public...The area of opportunity with any Spalding bat from the era is the ability to identify it as a professional player bat. Minus strong provenance and/or indisputable player characteristics, any Spalding Gold Medal Autograph or Autograph Series bat cannot be confirmed as being game used by the player."


It goes on, "The length of the subject bat at 34.75 (35) inches is consistent with bats appearing in the Spalding catalogs and the weight at 38.3 ounces is lighter than the 40-44 ounces listed for catalog bats. We do not consider the weight of the bat to be a positive or negative toward its consideration as  a Sam Crawford game used bat in light of Spalding's catalog narrative 'in hundreds of cases we have been requested to furnish to other players duplicate bats that have been made for and used by the well-known players.'"


As for its physical description, the uncracked bat shows outstanding use with many ball marks on the barrel, tape removal on the handle, and pine-tar traces spanning both the barrel and handle. The barrel branding of "SPALDING / Samuel E. Crawford" is deeply engraved. Another name, "E W Houston," is lightly etched on the front barrel. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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