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Pair of Multi-Signed Mini Bats Including DiMaggio, Williams, and Mantle
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $470.00
Barry Halper enjoyed “the hunt” when it came to autographs and he always had many ongoing signing projects in the works. Offered here are two of his pet projects over the years in the form of multi-signed mini bats. The first may have been initially started as a Hall of Famer signed bat. The souvenir bat, issued by the Baseball Hall of Fame, features the blue Sharpie signatures (“9/10”) of Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Duke Snider along the barrel. The bat measures sixteen inches in length and is in Near Mint condition. The second bat is a vintage Houston Astros souvenir bat that has been signed in blue marker by numerous former players including the following eighteen Hall of Famers: Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Bob Gibson, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Ford, Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Lefty Gomez (possibly twice), Johnny Mize, Buck Leonard, Luke Appling, George Brett, Willie Stargell, Eddie Mathews, Enos Slaughter, and Warren Spahn. Other signers include John Candelaria, Dave Giusti, Elroy Face, Art Howe, and Solly Hemus. The approximately eleven other signatures on the bat are either too faint be read or are simply illegible. The signatures, which encompass the entire bat, range in grade from “1” to “10.” Fourteen of the signatures, all of which belong to Hall of Fame players (including Mantle, Williams, DiMaggio, and Aaron), grade, on average, “9.” The remainder of the signatures (including Hall of Famers Appling, Spahn, Slaughter, and Leonard) grade, on average, “5/6.” The bat (17 inches in length) displays moderate wear, including a partial loss of the Astros insignia on the barrel. In Very Good condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 bats. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $470.00
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