Mini-post: The Hampstead Slugger

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I opened a familiar recycling bin in Hampstead last week and found a nice surprise. This guy either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the concept of recycling. The bin was filled with obviously non-recyclable items, including the bag of kitchen scraps that’s visible in the background.

One particular non-recyclable item was noteworthy though. You can see it poking up from the bottom left-hand side.

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It was a really nice, apparently unused Louisville Slugger!

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It’s a beautiful bat that bears the signature of Johnny Bench, the great Cincinatti Reds catcher and first ballot Hall of Famer. You can see some highlights of his playing career on Youtube. If I understand this highly detailed (and intense) guide correctly the bat is legit vintage and was made in the late 60s or early 70s.

I’m a big baseball fan and would love to keep this for myself. However, a pretty similar bat recently sold at auction for 100$ + shipping. This website is selling another one for 150$. I can’t turn down that kind of money!

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5 thoughts on “Mini-post: The Hampstead Slugger

  1. Nice tip of the iceberg. 🙂 And thanks for the mini-lesson on Louisville Slugger bats.

  2. Dan says:

    Beautiful find.That is why I always say you should open recycling bins too,not just garbage bags.And please do not forget to check out the big plastic trash cans and recycling bins outside apartment buildings and high-rise condo complexes.I find great treasures in them sometimes like dolls,vintage coins,turntables,skates,etc.

  3. Astrid says:

    Congrats on that find. Reminds me of the hockey clubs I picked up last year. Not worth a lot but easily sold.

  4. Isabelle says:

    Between 1000 and 3000 cats might face euthanasia in the next few weeks at the Montreal SPCA if they are not adopted soon.There was a haunting front-page article in the JOURNAL DE MONTREAL of Monday,July 20,2015 ,yesterday that revealed this and the fact that thousdands of cats were abandoned at the SPCA in June and July.Please ask your friends to adopt from the SPCA instead of buying from the pet shop.Even if your friends adopt five cats from the SPCA,it makes a difference.Spread the message,and please sterilize those cats.Read the article for yourself.Love your blog and your pro-environment scavenging.Remember animal rights goes hand in hand with the green ideology.

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