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Hank Aaron Signed and Notated Home Run Bat #534
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $10,925.00
Description Addendum: Please Note: Upon careful consideration of the supporting documentation accompanying this bat, Robert Edward Auctions does not share the opinion that the documentation supports with 100% certainty the conclusion that this bat is definitely the bat Hank Aaron used to hit homerun number 534. We do agree that it is very possible that this is the case, and understand the thought process of SCD Authentic and Mr. Hank Aaron in identifying it as such, but we believe that there is a leap a faith involved to conclude that there is a 100% certainty that this is homerun bat number 534. There is no question this is a tremendous game-used Hank Aaron bat which is very possibly the bat which Hank Aaron used to hit homerun number 534. Robert Edward Auctions' description modification relates only to the certainty of this identification. All materials relating to the authentication process are available for review.
This is the very bat with which Hank Aaron hit home run #534 on July 15, 1969 to tie Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home run list. At the time of this homer, Foxx was fourth on the all-time career home run list, trailing only Ruth, Mays, and Mantle. At the time of his retirement, of course, Foxx was #2 on the list. Aaron's tying Foxx at 534, in preparation for passing the recently retired Mantle at 536, was a major event, again causing a reshuffling at the top of the order of lifetime leaders of baseball's most revered record. Aaron went on to hit a total of 755 home runs, but for all those home runs there exist very few documented Aaron home run bats, let alone bats which have been documented by Aaron himself, and fewer still which are of greater significance to his assault on Ruth's record than the bat he used to tie Jimmie Foxx at the magic number of 534. This is that bat - the bat that caught "The Beast" - and officially put Aaron in the same company as immortals from another era in a tangible way that had previously involved speculation and extrapolation and assumptions of health and ability to play. With this home run Hank Aaron officially joined "the race to 714," having clawed his way up the list to be the equal of the legendary Jimmie Foxx, and with the potential for surpassing Ruth's record coming into far greater focus for the entire baseball world, if not for Aaron himself, as the all-time home-run list, and Aaron's place on it, was rewritten. If he could catch Jimmie Foxx, maybe he could catch Babe Ruth. The Adirondack model 63A Hank Aaron block letter bat exhibits tremendous game use displaying ball, blue bat rack, and cleat marks. There is a heavy coat of pine tar on the handle and Aaron's player number "44" is written on the knob in black vintage marker. The bat has been signed and notated by Hank Aaron as follows: "Hank Aaron HR. 534, 4/15/69" ("10") in black marker on the barrel. In addition to having been signed and notated by Aaron, the bat is accompanied by extensive supporting documentation, including a notarized letter from Hank Aaron's agent Bob Allen, dated November 4, 2003, which reads as follows: "To Whom It May Concern: This is to serve as authentication for Hank Aaron's career #534 Homerun bat. Hank Aaron verified and signed this bat on November 1st, 2003 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Hank Aaron personally signed and inscribed and the bat "Hank Aaron, HR 534, 7/15/69". I personally witnessed the signing. Sincerely, (signed) Bob Allen." Length: 35.5 inches. Weight: 35.2 ounces. This is an extraordinary and fully documented Hank Aaron home-run bat used to hit one of the most important homers of his career. SCD Authentic Grade: A10. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Dan Knoll/SCD Authentic and Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence, Steve Grad & John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $10,925.00
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