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1944-1945 Jimmie Foxx Pro-Model Team-Index Bat

Starting Bid - $1,500.00 , Sold For - $1,880.00

Jimmie Foxx H&B signature model "F3" team-index bat dating from the 1944-1945 manufacturing period. Foxx played with the Cubs in 1944 and with the Phillies in 1945. Although there is no mention of any Foxx bats in the Cubs' 1944 team order, the Phillies team order on 4/24/45 specifically includes one Jimmie Foxx bat (no length, weight, or model listed), which may very well be the very bat offered here. Foxx collected 60 hits in 289 at bats, playing in 89 games in 1945, his final season. He may have hit one of the last seven of his 534 lifetime home runs in 1945 with this very bat. The bat displays heavy use, including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks, and a slight amount of deadwood on the back of the barrel. This bat measures 34 inches in length and weighs 32.5 ounces. According to the available H&B shipping records, Foxx did not personally order 34-inch "F3" model bats and this is a bat which is technically defined as a team-index bat ordered by the team. It is important to note that during this era, Major League clubs routinely ordered a small quantity of bats each season. The fact that this bat was not ordered by Foxx directly but probably by the team in no way precludes the possibility that he used it. It is very likely, in our opinion, that he did use it, especially since Foxx was an aging star at the end of his career, and bats ordered by the team bearing his name and with his specifications were almost certainly ordered for use by him, and not for other players on the team. Following his active playing career, the factory records specifically show that Foxx did personally order "F3" model bats and also ordered bats measuring 34 inches. Collectors do make a distinction in value between team-ordered bats and special player-ordered bats, but this practice has evolved over time to be the norm. Today all player bats are ordered by the team as opposed to personally by the player. One of the reasons team-index bats sell for such a significant discount is that in the past some auctions have sold these bats without properly making this distinction. A strong case can be made that these bats, at price levels modest compared to that of examples that can be shown by factory order records to have been personally ordered by the player, represent one one of the best values in all of bat collecting. This particular Foxx index bat is special in that the factory records are supportive in confirming a single Foxx bat ordered by the team, and Foxx was not in the prime of his career at this time. Foxx bats with specific personal factory-record documentation have sold many times for well in excess of $20,000, both privately and at auction. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00

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