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1908 Spalding Catalog baseball bats
1908 Spalding Catalog baseball bats


  1905-1908 Spalding Gold Medal Baseball Bat
 
Spalding Gold Medal Decal Bat
 Spalding Gold Medal Decal Baseball Bat
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1905-1908
  • MANUFACTURER - A.G. Spalding
  • PRICE GUIDE - $400.00-$600.00
    Very Good - Excellent condition
    Value will vary based on the percentage of the two decals remaining.
 
 
NOTES:
 
   The Spalding line of "Gold Medal Baseball Bats" were made available in the catalogs from 1905-1918. The first series sold from 1905-1908 featured a Gold Medal Decal centered between the Spalding Trademark logo decal to the left, and the Spalding script branding to the right, towards the barrel. In 1909 Spalding introduced the "Gold Medal Autograph series." The Gold Medal decal was removed and the signature of a "Leading Player" was added below the "Gold Medal" engraving, and above "Autograph." From 1912 to 1918 the bats simply reads: "Gold Medal" with the model number below.

 The Spalding Gold Medal series at $1.00 was among their highest priced baseball bats. There were four catalog models; No. GM, (Gold Medal plain bat, Golden finish), No. GMT (Gold Medal Taped Bat, white wax finish), No. GMP ("Professional" bat, special dark finish), and the No. GMB (Gold Medal plain bat, Golden finish, boys' sizes) The boys' model was .50 cents. The catalog model numbers did not appear on any of the 1905-1908 Gold Medal decal bats.

 The bat was advertised that "the popularity attained by the Spalding Gold Medal Bats simply illustrates the fact that in bat making something more than mere manufacturing skill is necessary. The man who makes the base ball bat...... and when the knowledge and skill required to shape it so, that the balance is perfect....Something that comes through experience, and we claim that a bat-making career extending over twenty-nine years, with unequalled facilities at our command....Each bat is passed under the critical eye of one of the best known old-time base ball players." (Albert Spalding)

 The Gold Medal bats were carefully tested as to balance, shape, quality of timber, weight finish, etc., before being packed, and a Guarantee tag was attached to each bat. The tag also listed who turned the bat and the inspectors name. The Guarantee tag reads: "If this bat proves defective in any particular, during this season in which it is purchased, return with this tag to any of our stores, or the dealer from whom you purchased it."

 
 
Spalding Gold Medal Decal baseball bat
Spalding Gold Medal Decal Baseball Bat
1909-1918 Gold Medal Baseball Bats Spalding Gold Medal Guarantee tag
1912-1918 Gold Medal Bat Spalding Gold Medal Guarantee tag
1905-1908 Gold Medal Baseball Bats

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