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1934-44 Charlie Keller, George Selkirk, and Joe Gordon Pro Model Bats (3)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
The proud offensive tradition of the fabled "Bronx Bombers" is represented here in the form of three professional model bats issued, respectively, to Charlie Keller, George Selkirk and Joe Gordon. All of the bats display little to no use; however, that lack of use is most likely related to their unique provenance. These bats originate from the family of a gentleman who ran a hunting lodge in New Hampshire during the 1930s and 1940s. That gentleman was also a good friend of Yankees third baseman Red Rolfe (a New Hampshire native), who often invited his Yankee teammates to join him at the lodge in the winter months. During one of their trips, each player presented the owner of the lodge with one of his bats. The gift of a bat from the Yankees players seems to have been standard practice at the lodge, as a Babe Ruth bat offered elsewhere in this auction also originates from the same family and was a gift from Ruth. 1) 1934-44 Charlie Keller H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers). The bat matches factory records from the period and displays no use. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 34.5 ounces. Graded A5 by MEARS. 2) 1930s George Selkirk Hanna "Batrite" bat. The rare, hand-turned bat features the name "George Selkirk" deeply stamped on the barrel in block letters and displays no use. Remnants of a substance (possibly pine tar) are visible on the handle. The very faint trace of a removed signature is barely visible on the barrel (undetectable unless pointed out). Length: 35.25 inches. Weight: 31.5 ounces. Graded A5 by MEARS. 3) 1934-44 Joe Gordon H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers). This is both an early and scarce Joe Gordon pro model bat that matches factory records from the period. The bat displays light use in the form of rack and surface marks. The very faint trace of a removed signature is barely visible on the barrel (undetectable unless pointed out). Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Total: 3 bats. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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