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DON'T EVER BUY A BAT CLAIMING TO BE VINTAGE WITHOUT FIRST SEEING OR BEING TOLD EXACTLY WHAT IS BRANDED INTO THE TOP OF THE BAT KNOB or IF THE 125 or 302 IS UNDERLINED WITHIN THE CENTER BRAND LABEL !
Another valuable tool to differentiate a truly vintage bat from a much more recent one is the PATINA of the wood. These changes are very subtle but over time especially 40 plus years they can become obvious. Very bright and light wood from the knob to just above the trademark is cause for concern. However, even in a truly vintage previously taped handle bat there should be a multitone darkened area just above the trademark to the area where grip taping usually ended.Any bat with the center brand label 125 or 302 underlined is NOT vintage, they are REPROS !But may be described as mint or nrmt/mt examples of very collectible vintage bats.Reading this guide before bidding, buying or selling any 1940's or later described bat could prevent you from being mislead.
Major problem areas are ACCURATE DATING OF BATS, show or reproduction bats being MISTAKEN for VINTAGE ORIGINALS or STORE BATS thought to be GAME USED !USE COMMON SENSE BEFORE BIDDING ON OR BUYING ANY BAT CLAIMING TO BE 40 PLUS YEARS OLD.