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1955-1960 Ted Williams Vintage Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $14,100.00
Presented is an impeccable Ted Williams professional model bat with Williams' vintage number "9" on the knob and the added provenance of having a vintage Ted Williams signature example on the barrel. The bat, an H&B signature model W183, displays all of the characteristics and markings that define an ideal Ted Williams game-used bat. Williams’ uniform number (“9”) is written on the knob in faded black marker. Evidence of his legendary skill at the plate is visible along its entire length in the form of deeply embedded ball and stitch marks, rack and cleat marks, grain swelling along the barrel and a three-inch crack in the handle. All of the manufacturer’s stampings are deep and well defined. The bat style dates from the 1950-1960 labeling period; however, factory records can more narrowly define its year of manufacture with certainty to exactly the six-year period 1955 through 1960. According to the H&B shipping records, Williams first ordered W183 bats in 1955 and continued to receive them through the end of his career in 1960. The Williams signature example on this bat is an ideal vintage ink signature as opposed to the more modern Ted Williams “Sharpie” signatures that are almost exclusively seen, even on vintage items. Williams has penned his name in green ink on the reverse of the barrel, in the area opposite the center brand. While the signature ("6") is somewhat light (understandable given the medium and nature of the writing surface), it is perfectly clear and legible. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 31.5 ounces. This is an exceptional Ted Williams pro model bat in all respects and, accordingly, it has been graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 3 points added for use, 1 point added for the autograph and a half-point added for the vintage number on the knob). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $14,100.00
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