By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
PSA is helping bring order to the chaos of game-used baseball bat collecting with a new resource for collectors based on information collected when the company has authenticated and graded pieces from the past.
The company has created a website called PSAProBatFacts.com, which is a reference resource showing models and types of bats used by past players. In its initial debut, there are specs and images for bats from 73 members of the Hall of Fame and 34 other notable players who are often collected.
“Professional model bats are among the most desirable items in the entire sports memorabilia hobby,” said Joe Orlando, PSA President, in a prepared release. “They are tangible pieces of sports history, used by the players to create that history.”
The pages and images also show the particular ways that players often personalize, tape or mark their bats for use — key elements when determining whether a bat truly was used.
“We carefully selected the images of bats you’ll see,” Orlando said. “When possible, it is important to showcase quality illustrations of the specific player characteristics that are mentioned on each player’s page. Many of the bats pictured are among the finest examples known.”
Orlando said there will be other players added to the site soon.
“We’ll be expanding and adding many more current and former players, which also includes Hall of Fame members, in the coming weeks.”
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