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1957 Roger Maris Rookie-Era Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
This extraordinary bat dates from Roger Maris’ 1957 rookie season and is the earliest Maris professional model bat known to exist. The H&B signature model O16 bat features Maris’ uniform number (“32”) written on the knob in vintage black marker. The inclusion of his uniform number is extremely important in that it definitively dates the bat to 1957. Maris only wore the number 32 in 1957. The following year he switched to number 5 and later wore both number 35 and 3 with the Kansas City A’s. Upon joining the Yankees in 1960 he was assigned the number 9, which has since been retired by the club. The bat was obviously to Maris’ liking, as it displays heavy use throughout in the form of ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, rack and cleat marks, and a thirteen-inch multiple crack in the handle. The O16 model was the very first signature model bat ever ordered by Maris. It is interesting to note that H&B records indicate that Maris received his first shipment of O16 signature model bats in 1956, during his final minor league season. Maris appeared in 116 games with the Indians in 1957, batting .235 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Those numbers hardly foreshadowed his future accomplishments, including two consecutive MVP Awards with the Yankees and his now legendary record-setting home run performance of 1961. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. Graded A7 by Mears (5 point base grade, plus 3 points added for use and 1 point deducted for the handle crack). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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