I have a couple of bats from the 1948 World Series that were handed down to me. One is from the Boston Braves, the other from the Cleveland Indians. The way the story was told to me was that my late Uncle had a cousin that was on the roster for the Indians in pre-season that year, and then had some type of illness or something (don't know specific details, names, etc...sorry). At the end of that year, some of the players autographed paper and then sent on to an engraver (how they did it back then I guess) and then gave the bats to my Uncle's cousin. He then gave them to my Uncle, who then passed them down to me. Sadly, he passed away before I could get his cousin's name or any further details. Some of the names are engraved as signatures, some are engraved/stamped in all capital letters (all are in gold writing). Bats are dark brown (almost black) and in the middle of that bats have a stamp that says "Louisville Slugger 125 Hillerich & Bradsby Co Made in USA Louisville, KY"
They have been in clear, plastic tubes since they were handed down to me about 15 years ago and I assume even long before then...they look pristine for being so old.
I was wondering...Is there any way to get an approximate value of these? I know when my Uncle had initially told me about them he said he had contacted the HOF about them and they said their best guess was around $2k for both of them without seeing them, but again that was 15+ years ago. I didn't know at that time that he would pass and then hand them down to me or else I would have asked more questions.