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1939-1942 Ted Williams Rookie Era Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $17,625.00
Exceptionally rare, this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model (predating model numbers) bat, dating from the earliest years of Ted Williams' career, exhibits heavy game use including ball marks and deadwood on the barrel. This is the one of the very few rookie-era Ted Williams bats known to exist. This bat also, of course, dates from the era of Williams' legendary 1941 season in which he hit .406. Quite a few Ted Williams bats have survived, but almost all date from the 1950s. The barrel has a slight crack (approx. 7 inches) directly through the "Louisville Slugger" stamping beneath the facsimile signature on the barrel. The small factory marked "1" on the knob is unrelated to any specifications of the bat. The handle has been scored, which is a trademark characteristic for Williams' gamers, to aid in his grip of the bat. The manufacturer's stampings are deeply distinct and display brilliantly against the beautifully finished ash wood. The bat has a particularly beautiful finish. This is one of only three rookie-era Ted Williams bats graded to date by MEARS, and as defined by the A8 grade, it is a perfect example. This is one of the most significant Ted Williams game-used items in existence, standing far above late 1940s and 1950s style Ted Williams bats both in terms of rarity and desirability. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.7 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 3 points added for use). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $17,625.00
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