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1962 Hank Aaron All-Star Game Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,581.25
This H&B signature model "A99" bat was issued to baseball's all-time home-run leader, Hank Aaron, for use in the first 1962 All-Star Game held at D.C. Stadium in Washington. (Two All-Star Games were held annually between the years 1959 and 1962.) "1962 All Star Game" and "Washington" are stamped in block letters, respectively, above and below Aaron's facsimile signature on the barrel. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length including ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, and grain swelling. There is some minor flaking to the finish and the base of the knob is scarred (the model number is difficult to read). A small chip in the knob has been expertly repaired (not discernible to the naked eye). Aaron has signed the bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. Aaron was elected to his eighth consecutive All-Star Game in 1962 but did not play in the first game due to injury. He later participated in the second All-Star Game, held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, but went hitless in his only two plate appearances. Given those circumstances, combined with the bat's physical characteristics, it seems highly probable that the bat was later used in the regular season. All-Star Game and World Series bats have always been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each participating player) and date-specific provenance. Aaron enjoyed a banner season in 1962, finishing the year with 45 home runs, 128 RBI and a .323 average. Length: 34.87 inches. Weight: 31.7 ounces. Graded A9 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use, 2 points added for its being an All-Star Game bat and 1 point deducted, combined, for both the scarring on the knob and the flaking to the finish). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS, John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA, and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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