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Tony Gwynn Signed Pro Model Bat (Hit #2,974)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,175.00
The Louisville Slugger signature model "B267" bat displays heavy use throughout including numerous ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, rack marks and light pine tar on the upper boundaries of the handle. A wrap of blue and white tape (extending 6.75 inches upward from the knob) has also been applied to the handle. Gwynn's uniform number ("19") and the bat's model number ("B267") are written in black marker on both the knob and cupped barrel end. Also written on the knob in black marker are the bat's length ("33") and original weight ("30 1/2"). Gwynn has signed the bat in black Sharpie ("9") directly above the barrel stamping. The notation "#2974" appears below the barrel stamping in black Sharpie. Although the bat is accompanied by no other documentation, it seems almost certain, based upon that numerical notation, that this bat was used by Gwynn while recording his 2,974th career hit. Gwynn was known to have aggressively marketed his game-used items during his pursuit of 3,000 hits (his wife ran the marketing company) and we have seen other Gwynn game-used bats inscribed in a similar manner. Tony Gwynn's 2,974th career hit occurred on May 18, 1999, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Gwynn went one-for-four that day in the Padres 5-2 loss to the Cardinals. He eventually recorded his 3,000th hit later that year on August 6th, thus becoming the twenty-second player in history to accomplish that feat. Today, Gwynn's lofty lifetime average of .338 places him twentieth on the all-time list. Length: 33 inches. Weight: 31 ounces. Graded A10 by MEARS (base grade of 5 plus 3 points for use and 2 points for the signature/provenance). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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