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1934-1943 Earl Averill Pro-Model Bat - Highest-Graded Example
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Rare Earl Averill H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) from the 1934-1944 manufacturing period. Graded A7.5 by MEARS, with none graded higher. The bat displays heavy use, most of which is displayed along the upper barrel, including ball marks, cleat marks, and grain swelling. There is a very small chip in the handle (15 inches up from the knob) and the bat displays an added coat of finish. This particular bat measures 35.375 inches in length and weighs 37.8 ounces. H&B factory records indicate that Averill first received 35.5-inch bats in 1930 and they also show that he placed many orders for 38-ounce bats over the years. Earl Averill was one of baseball's top hitters during the 1930s and he finished his thirteen-year career with a .318 lifetime average. He also appeared in six All-Star Games, including the inaugural 1933 contest. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade plus 3 points for use, and a half point subtracted for the chip in the knob). Earl Averill pro-model bats are exceedingly rare and represent a "holy grail" for most Hall of Fame bat collectors. To date, there are probably less than ten known examples and the offered bat is among the finest in existence. This is one of only four Earl Averill pro-model bats in the MEARS population report and it ranks as the highest-graded example. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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