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1950 Joe DiMaggio Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $11,600.00
This Joe DiMaggio H&B signature model D29L bat dates from precisely 1950 and displays moderate wear along its entire length including ball marks, stitch marks and rack marks. In light of his great stature, we find the extreme rarity of Joe DiMaggio bats dating from his playing days somewhat surprising. All the coaches' bats and limited-edition modern-era commemorative bats in the marketplace give the impression that Joe DiMaggio bats are around, but the fact is that Joe DiMaggio bats are one of the rarest of all of the great legends, which is all the more surprising in light of the fact that his career spanned three decades. It is very probable that this is due to the simple fact that DiMaggio was not particularly fond of giving away his bats. Presented is a rare and ideal example. In terms of aesthetics, this bat is extraordinary. All of the manufacturer's stampings are deeply defined and there are no cracks or chips to be found on either the handle or knob. The fact that this bat can be dated to a particular year and date is also extraordinary. It is very unusual for any bat to be dated to a precise shipping date, as most often players ordered the same model on more than one occasion. This bat is a rare exception. Factory records show that DiMaggio ordered only a single shipment of three bats of this style, which were sent to him by H&B precisely on March 23, 1950. This is one of those three bats. DiMaggio enjoyed a highly productive season in 1950. The fabled "Yankee Clipper" batted .301 with 32 home runs and 122 RBI, with the 32 home runs representing the fourth highest total of his career. As was the norm for DiMaggio throughout much of his career, his outstanding season led the Yankees to yet another World Championship. Universally recognized as one of the greatest all-around players in baseball history, DiMaggio is also the only player ever to be selected to the All-Star Game in every season of his career. This is an ideal game bat dating from DiMaggio's second-to-last World Championship season with Yankees, while he was still at his peak, and just before passing the torch of playing centerfield to a young Mickey Mantle. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with two points added for its visible use, and one-half point added for precise documented factory shipping record). 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 $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $11,600.00
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