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Reference

1877 Spalding Bats
1877 Spalding Trade-Mark Line of Baseball Bats
1877 Official Playing Rules Published by A.G. Spalding

1889 Spalding Trade-Marked
Base Ball Bats
1889 Spalding Trade-Marked baseball Bats
1889 Official Playing Rules

1908 Spalding Introduces "Player Autograph Bats"
1908 Spalding Player Autograph Bats
1908 Spalding's Official
Base Ball Guide

1911 Spalding "All Star"
Baseball bats
1911 Spalding All Star line of Bats
1911 Spalding's Official
Base Ball Guide

1934 Spalding Player Autograph "Diamond Ball" Bats
1934 Spalding Player Autograph bats
1934 Spalding's Official
Base Ball Guide

1939 Spalding Baseball bats
1939 Spalding Baseball Bat ad
1939 Spalding's Official
Base Ball Guide

1942 Spalding Autograph Bats
1942 Spalding Ad
Magazine Advertisement

1956 Spalding Professional  model bats
1956 Spalding Proffesional Model Bat catalog Ad
1956 Spalding spring and summer Catalog

Spalding Baseball Bat Dating Guide
SPALDING BAT DATING GUIDE
  Spalding has used a number of center brands and logos for their baseball bats over the years. The Logo samples pictured below are dated to the years they appear in the Spalding catalogs. By matching the samples with the logo on your bat you could approximately date to that era. Variations in branding and model numbers could narrow down the years, and will be added to the description soon.  

Sample   Manufacturing Period
Description

1980's-1905 Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1880's-1905 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "Spalding Trade Mark" logo with a large baseball Logo appears in Spalding base ball guides back to the 1880's, and on circa late 1870's-1880's baseball bats. Models include the top of the line 3/0 Wagon Tongue, 0'X Axletree (0XB for boys) and the inexpensive 2X Antique Finish. All Black end bats.

1900-1905 ea Spalding Axel Tree Bat   
1900-1905 Bat Manufacturing Period
This Spalding Trade Mark Logo is the same as the previous but smaller and has a outer circle that reads "A.G. SPALDING BROS." at the top and A.D.-1876" at the bottom. Noted models that used this logo include; the 0X Axletree, and the Gold Medal line,
Interesting to note "AXEL TREE" is a misspelling on this bat.

1900-1910 Spalding Bat Maanufacturing Period   
1895-1912 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "A.D. 1876" Spalding Logo has a smaller inner baseball design with a smaller "Spalding" font, and a slightly larger font for "TRADE" MARK" above and below "SPALDING" solid line stitching. The outer circle reads "A.G. SPALDING BROS." at the top and A.D.-1876" at the bottom.

1902-1907 Spalding Manufacturing Period  
1895-1907 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "Makers" Spalding logo was first used in 1890. The inner baseball logo reads "SPALDING" with "TRADE" "MARK" above & below the stitching. The outer circle reads "A.G. SPALDING BROS." at the top and "MAKERS" at the bottom. This logo appears on baseball bats along with the "A.G. Spalding" (in script) and introduced as the Spalding "Autograph Model" it was introduced in 1901 and produced until 1907. 

Spalding Record Bat Manufacturing Period   
1908-1914 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spading Record line of baseball bats were made from 1908-1914. The Record was one of the most popular line of bats at the time. Moderately priced, they came in assorted lengths of 30"-35" and weights of  36-42 ounces.

Spalding City League baseball bat Brand manufacturing period  
1908-1916 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spading "City League" line of baseball bats were manufactured from 1908-1916. The Spalding City League Baseball bats had the catalog designation No. 25, a "Boy's Model" No. 35, and 35T (T-Taped handle)

1912 -1925 Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period  
1908-1925 Bat Manufacturing Period
 The Spalding Player Autograph Bat line was introduced in 1908. The bat has the player's signature centered with "SPALDING" above, and AUTOGRAPH" below. The player signatures can narrow down the specific years the bat was produced. I will add the list of players for each year soon.

Spalding 1905-1908 Gold Medal Baseball Bat   
1905-1908 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spalding Gold Medal  bats were introduced in 1905. The bats featured a Spalding Trademark logo decal, followed by the Gold Medal decal, and then Spalding in script towards the barrel. The bats were made available in three models; No. GM, No. GMT (taped) GMP (professional finish) & GMB (boys)
1908-1910 Spalding Bat Manufaturing Period  
1909-1911 Bat Manufacturing Period
Spalding Gold Medal Autograph Series was introduced in 1909. The previous Gold Medal bats sold in 1905 through 1908 had a Gold Medal decal, Spalding in script on the barrel, and had no signature. In 1912 The Spalding Gold Medal Autograph Series was discontinued and until 1918 the Gold Medal Bats just had model numbers.
Spalding 1912-1918 Gold Medal Bats manufacturing Period  
1912-1918 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spalding Gold Medal Autograph Series ended in 1911. Spalding continued to make the Gold Medal bats from 1912-1918, without the Player Autographs. Instead the Gold Medal "Natural Finish" bats came in 12 models, numbered N1-N12. The same timber was used as their higher quality bats, but "finished in a high French polish, with no staining" otherwise, they were the same as the Professional Oil finished bats

1900-1908 Spalding Manufacturing Period  
1909-1922 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spalding League baseball bat was added to the Spalding line of Trade-Mark bats in 1909, and were continued to be made into the 1920's. The early bats were given the catalog designations, No. 50, 50T (T-taped handle), No. 75 was added in 1911, No.100 in 1919, and in 1921 No.'s 150, 150T.

1910-1920 Spalding Manufacturing Period  
1910-1920 Bat Manufacturing Period
This simple "Spalding" center brand was used with a number of different models and also appeared by itself.

Spalding All Star Brand 1911-1921 bat  Manufaturing Period   
1911-1921 Bat Manufacturing Period
The Spalding "All Star" line of baseball bats was introduced in 1911. Six models were offered that were "composite" Models, "combining the best features of several models in one bat" creating an All Star model bat. In 1914 Spalding added an additional 6 models to the All Star line S1-S12.

1920's Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1925-1930 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "A.G. SPALDING & BROS" center brand has the model number above, "OIL TEMPERED" below, reads HAND TURNED" at the top, with "MADE IN CHICAGO." at the bottom, cornered by an ornate engraved design to form an oval. There are a couple of model variations with this label that reads "CASED HARDENED" or "PRO FINISH" at the top.

1926-1934 Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1926-1934 Bat Manufacturing Period
The "Diamond Ball" Logo two small diamonds appear to the left and right of the center brand Spalding baseball Logo. This center brand starts hitting the market around 1926. The year of the "Autograph" Logos can be narrowed down from the Player signature.

Spalding 1930s Diamond Ball logo Bat manufacturing Period   
1934-1936 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "Diamond Ball" Logo differs from the previous years. The logo is applied with heat foil, and reads, "AIR DRIED-BONED" on the left,  Cased Hardened on the right.  This logo is used on bats for a short time starting in 1934.

Spalding 1930s Bat Manufacturing Period   
1937 Bat Manufacturing Period
This Spalding Logo was used for a short time in the mid 1930's . The heat foil "SPALDING TRADE MARK" baseball logo is turned vertically and the diamonds are removed, and  reads, "AIR" & "DRIED" to the left and right of the Spalding Baseball logo, "Cased Hardened" above, and "IMPREGMATED" at the bottom.  This logo is used on bats for a vary short time possibly for one year around 1936.

1935-1937 Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1938-1939 Bat Manufacturing Period
This "SPALDING TRADE MARK" baseball logo is simplified and stands alone as the center brand. It is the last year the words "Trade" & "Mark" appear inside the baseball logo.

1940s Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1940-1952 Bat Manufacturing Period
This Large Spalding Baseball logo reads "MADE IN U.S.A." at the top and "REG U.S. PAT. OFF." at the bottom. Spalding uses 3 digit model numbers inside the baseball logo. The words "TRADE MARK" is removed from the baseball logo.

1950s Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1953-1960 Bat Manufacturing Period
This Large Spalding Baseball logo reads "MADE IN U.S.A." at the top and "REG U.S. PAT. OFF." at the bottom. Spalding starts using 4 digit model numbers in 1953.

1950s-1960s Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1961-1962 Bat Manufacturing Period
This Large Spalding Baseball logo reads "MADE IN U.S.A." at the top and "REG U.S. PAT. OFF." at the bottom. Spalding starts using the Prefix 48-and a 3 digit number for their bat models in 1961.

1960s Spalding Bat Manufacturing Period   
1963-1969 Bat Manufacturing Period
The "SPALDING" Name Brand is redesigned. Spalding is elongated and is wider than the baseball logo behind it. "MADE IN U.S.A" is placed at the top inside the baseball, and the 3 digit model number with the 48 prefix remains at the bottom. In 1971 Spalding uses a 4 digit model number after the "48-" prefix.

Spalding Baseball Bat Timeline
  • 1877 Spalding introduces the Spalding Line of "Trade-Marked" bats
  • 1900 Spading becomes the largest Manufacture of baseball bats in the United States.
  • 1905 Spalding introduces the Gold Medal line.
  • 1907 Spalding introduces the "Mushroom" bat
  • 1908 Player Autograph Bats are introduced.
  • 1911 Spalding introduces the All-Star Line of bats
  • 1926 Spalding starts to use the "Diamond Ball" Center Brand
  • 1934 Spalding makes changes to the "Diamond Ball" Logo
  • 1940 Spalding places a 3 digit model number inside the Baseball Logo
  • 1953 Spalding uses a 4 digit model number on bats
  • 1961 Spalding uses the Prefix 48-and a 3 digit number, model number
  • 1971 Spalding uses a 4 digit model number after the "48-" prefix.
 
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