It's not every day that a 19th century Hall of Famer's bat hits the marketplace.
A game-used bat once swung by Hall of Famer Adrian C. "Cap" Anson is drawing attention from serious baseball memorabilia collectors.
Offered in an auction being conducted by Vintage Authentics, the 19th century bat has received nine bids and stands at $50,000 with a week's worth of bidding to go.
The bat is one of three game-used Anson bats graded and certified by MEARS. The hand-made lumber weighs 46.6 ounces and is 34 1/4" in length. It carries a fountain-pen inscription on the barrel reading "this bat was used in the campaign of the 1888 Chicago B.C. (Baseball Club) By Our Beloved Adrian C. Cap Anson".
The auction description states that a few words then follow that cannot be deciphered followed then by "League Batsman".
Vintage Authentics' fall auction concludes November 15th and also includes an early 1970s Roberto Clemente game-used jersey which carried a current high bid of $13,310 as of early Thursday.
Game used baseball memorabilia