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1921-1931 Tris Speaker Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $9,860.00
Extraordinary Tris Speaker H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) displays heavy use throughout including grain swelling along the barrel. Speaker's facsimile signature on the barrel is deeply stamped. A small crack in the handle has been professionally restored and is noticeable only under very close inspection. The "Trade Mark" stamping (above Speaker's facsimile signature) is light, but legible, and the barrel displays light deadwood. Despite being in the "twilight" of his career, the famed "Grey Eagle" continued to post lofty offensive numbers during the 1920s. Speaker batted over .300 in all but his final season (1928) and his .389 average in 1925 marked a career high for the Hall of Fame outfielder. Today, Speaker's lifetime average of .345 ranks as the fifth best of all time. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 41.8 ounces. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use and a one-half point deduction for the minor deadwood/faint "Trade Mark" stamping). Speaker bats are extremely rare. This is only the sixth Tris Speaker pro model bat to ever be seen or evaluated by MEARS, and it is the second-highest graded example to date (one A8 is listed in the MEARS population report). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $9,860.00
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