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I got the bat from a friend that owned a collection of Louisville Slugger bats that were cracked by the players and then sent to Louisville to have them turn out a new replica and then sent back to the player so all the cracked bats were kept by Louisville until they were sold as a big lot of used cracked or damaged bats from the late 20's to the late 30's.......I'm not too big of a memorabilia buff so I don't know if there is any value in the bat but this bat does have the players name in grease pencil and the date it was sent back to Louisville and it does have Wid Matthews name on it so I imagine this was his personal bat as well as his own signature series bat if there was others made with that signature stamped on it.......does anyone know anymore history on this bat ? I did see some history of the player and it was quite impressive and he rubbed elbows with a lot of famous guys like Connie Mack, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice & Walter Johnson and he played a part in assistant gen. Mgr. for New York national league expansion team that was to become the NY Mets.

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  1. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 2 years ago
    Wid Matthews played pro ball baseball for three seasons. In 1923 he played for the Athletics, 1924, and 1925, the Senators. Your bat is know as a side written bat, and they were used as a master copy to make more bats for the player, as you stated. Before I can give you any more information, I would like to know if the number 125 or 250 appears above the name Hillerich & Bradsby. Under the name is there a dash dot dash, or is it just a line? Is there a number stamped into the knob end, both ends, or none at all? To me, it looks like a 250, and a dash dot dash. Is it possible for you to post more pictures of the center label, as well as the circular label which probably says bone rubbed, or oil tempered? Does the word powerized appear anywhere on the bat? I lookforward to your respone and more photos.
  2. teewats, 2 years ago
    I put up 2 more photos one of the players name in grease pencil and the date of
    8/21/29 and the other of the slugger seal, this bat did not have the bone rubbed seal on it ! That was another bat I have! I also have a Dick Culler bat with butt marks of C99 (what does that signify?)and an Ed Montague stamped bat! are there any value in these??
  3. mghpro, 2 years ago
    Yes, the bats have value. Mathews is $75-125 bat. The bone rubbed 250 is nice..
  4. lauraleece, 1 year ago
    How do I go about finding out what my Babe Ruth products are worth in Charleston SC.
  5. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 1 year ago
    Just curious, what type of Babe Ruth items do you have? Authentic period pieces or newer pieces made for the collectables market?
  6. lauraleece, 1 year ago
    A ball signed by the team and a small bat. My Aunt was best friends with his wife and my cousins and I had received a few gifts from her before she passed away. If you ever watch any of the Ed Sullivan Reruns you will see my Aunt and 3 cousins when Ed says that Mrs. Babe Ruth is in the audience my Aunt is to the left of her and my three cousins are in the row in front of them.

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