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1976 Thurman Munson Bicentennial Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $8,700.00

This H&B signature model M169 bat represents a rare one-year style (1976) and features the commemorative bicentennial logo stamped just to the right of the center brand. All of the stampings, including Munson's facsimile signature on the barrel, remain bold and distinct. The bat is not cracked and displays heavy use throughout, including ball and stitch marks. Munson's uniform number ("15") is written in vintage black marker on both the knob and the end of the barrel. Factory records indicate three shipments of bats to Munson in 1976, with two of those shipments (on 7/14 and 9/15) including 35-inch bats. The 1976 season marked one of the finest of Munson's career as the famed Yankees captain batted .302 with seventeen home runs and 105. Those numbers not only helped lead the Yankees to their first pennant in twelve years, but also earned Munson the Most Valuable Player Award at season's end. Unfortunately, Munson's life and career were tragically cut short in 1979 when the private plane he was piloting crashed just short of the runway. Munson was one of the game's fiercest competitors, most popular players, and greatest team leaders. While he has not yet been elected to the Hall of Fame, his place in the hearts and minds of fans has endured. The powerful force of Munson's personality has left a tremendous impact on the game, the Yankee team, and fans. Today, he is immortalized in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium alongside the greatest legends in Yankee history. This is an exceptional and rare Munson pro model bat that can be definitively dated to his 1976 MVP season. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 30.5 ounces. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with three points added for use, and an additional half-point added for Munson's vintage uniform number on knob). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $8,700.00

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