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1921-1930 Rogers Hornsby Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $22,040.00
Presented is the finest Rogers Hornsby game-used bat in existence. This is the only Rogers Hornsby game-used bat signed by Hornsby known to exist. That fact, combined with its tremendous evidence of use, combine to make this what we believe to be the single finest Hornsby gamer in the collecting world. The H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) dates from the 1921-1930 labeling period and displays heavy game use along its entire length. Evidence of Hornsby's legendary prowess at the plate can be found in the form of ball and stitch marks on the barrel as well as cleat marks (one of which slightly affects Hornsby's deeply stamped facsimile signature on the barrel) and a slight 4.5-inch crack in the handle. Measuring 36 inches in length and weighing 36.5 ounces, the bat displays all of the numerous classic characteristics unique to an ideal Hornsby game bat, including mushroom barrel, thin handle and small knob. Hornsby's black ink signature appears just below and to the left of the barrel stamp. The signature contrasts beautifully against the bat's light surface and grades a solid "7." The presence of Hornsby's vintage signature on the bat is of tremendous significance not just because Hornsby's signature has value, but because this signature places this very bat personally in Hornsby's hands. Adding to its remarkable provenance is the fact that this particular bat, according to John Taube, dates precisely from the 1928-1930 labeling period. Most likely presented to a friend or youngster as a gift on a special occasion, this bat stands as a tangible reminder of Hornsby's legacy on the field of battle. Few players in the history of baseball can compare with "The Rajah" when it comes to hitting. One of only three men to ever bat over .400 on three separate occasions, his lifetime average of .358 stands second only to Cobb. Hornsby led the National League in batting average on seven separate occasions including a career high .424 in 1924. He is also one of a select few players to ever win baseball's Triple Crown more than once, accomplishing the feat in both 1922 and 1925. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942, his first year of eligibility. Also of note is the fact that the placement of the signature allows for ideal display. All Hornsby game-used bats are very rare, but this is the ultimate example, personally signed by the legendary slugger. Graded A9 by MEARS (base ideal grade of A8, with one point added for the vintage autograph). This is the higest-ever graded Hornsby signature model. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez, Zach Rullo, John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $22,040.00
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