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1926-1934 Babe Herman Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
This Spalding pro model bat (No. 200 series) features the name "Babe Herman" stamped on the barrel in block letters. The notation "Hand Turned" (denoting its pro model status) is stamped along the top of the center brand. Heavy use is displayed along its entire length including surface marks, cleat marks, deadwood on the back of the barrel and an 8 inch "H" crack in the handle. Both the deadwood and handle crack have been repaired with a number of small vintage nails. This bat appears to have originally been sent back to the Spalding factory (or to another bat company), as it bears remnants of three mailing stamps on the barrel and very faint (illegible) side writing. Babe Herman has inscribed the bat, "Babe Herman/.393-1930/Bklyn Dodgers," in black marker ("9") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. As noted in his inscription, Herman did indeed hit .393 in 1930. That mark, as well as his 1930 season totals of 241 hits, 143 runs and 416 total bases still stand as Dodger team records. Herman's 1930 season was no fluke, however. From 1928 through 1932 Herman recorded season averages of .340, .381, .393, .313 and .326, respectively. Today, Herman's lifetime average of .324 ranks as one of the highest for any eligible non-Hall of Fame player. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with three points added for use, and one point deducted, respectively, for both the handle crack and the deadwood). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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