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Lot # 1448 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921-1931 Babe Ruth H&B 250 Pro-Model Bat

Starting Bid - $2,500.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50

Offered here is an extremely rare H&B "250" Babe Ruth pro-model bat dating from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period. The signature model bat is nearly identical to other Ruth pro-model bats from the era except for the fact that the number "250" is stamped in the center brand as opposed to the more traditional "125" model number. "250" bats were crafted of the highest quality wood and although not often seen today, they are documented both in the company's retail catalogs and player shipping records. The offered example differs from the standard "250" retail model in a number of important ways. The first is the fact that the knob is hand turned and displays no stampings. Store model bats, which were mass produced, normally feature inch marks on the knob. Secondly, the wood of this bat is of much higher quality than that of a store model bat, even a "250" model. Lastly, this bat is heavier than normally issued for retail sale. This particular bat measures 34.87 inches in length and weighs 37.6 ounces. Both of those specifications are perfectly consistent with other known Ruth pro-model bats from the era. The bat displays heavy use including ball marks, cleat marks, and very slight deadwood on the back of the barrel. The barrel also displays a few minor "dents" and some flaking along the back of the barrel. H&B factory records document at least one shipment of "250" model bats to Ruth, with that order received on 8/23/20. Although this bat could not have originated from that order (the order was for 46 ounce bats; also the manufacturing period doesn't correspond to this bat), it does show that Ruth, on at least one occasion, specifically ordered "250" bats. Except for the fact that there are no documented factory records for "250" Ruth bats during the 1921-1931 manufacturing period, this bat is entirely consistent with the specifications of other Ruth "125" bats from the era and represents a much more affordable alternative to higher-graded examples. Graded A5 by MEARS (5 point base graded plus 3 points for use and 1 point for the consistent weight, but minus 3 points for the lack of post-1921 documented factory records and 1 point for the flaking). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $4,112.50

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