Dating hillerich and bradsby bats
Honus Wagner In 1905 Honus Wagner signed a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby co. His autograph was also the first to be used on a bat and the first known professional athlete endorsement of a retail product.
Some bats have an H&B brand in the oval trademark, rather than Louisville Slugger.
The H&B brand denotes a lower grade and lower priced retail bat.
Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. Jimmy Foxx signed a contract with the Hillerich & Bradsby Co on 6-11-1926.
in excellent condition, and could sell as high as 0.- 0 in near/mint - mint condition.
The Hillerich & Bradsby bats had a solid yellow finish when issued.
The H&B brand 9 model denotes a lower grade and is a inexpensive retail bat as opposed to the highest grade 125 bats that read HILLERERICH & BRADSBY Co. Without one it will have a very low collectors value.
The H&B labeled bats were produced from the 1920's through the 1970's, The bulk of the value will rely on the player endorsement.