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1950 Charlie Silvera World Series Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $470.00
Rare H&B signature model "D2" bat specially produced for and issued to New York Yankees backup catcher Charlie Silvera for use during the 1950 World Series. The bat is stamped "World Series 1950" and "New York Yankees" in block letters above and below (respectively) Silvera's facsimile signature on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain distinct and legible. The bat displays use, including grain swelling, stitch marks, and rack marks. Silvera did not appear in the 1950 World Series; therefore, any use displayed on the bat most likely occurred either in batting practice or sometime during the following season. World Series bats have long been highly prized by collectors due to both their rarity (normally only two were issued to each player) and inherent provenance. The Yankees captured their second consecutive World Championship in 1950, sweeping the famed Philadelphia "Whiz Kids," in four straight games. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.6 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 1 point for use and 2 points for its World Series provenance). 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 $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $470.00
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