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Circa 1954 Stan Musial Signed Pro Model Bat (5 Home Runs Vintage Notation on Bat)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $5,875.00
Offered here is a Stan Musial H&B pro model bat that, if the vintage notations on the handle are taken at face value, may have been used by "Stan the Man" to hit five home runs in a doubleheader against the New York Giants in St. Louis on May 2, 1954. The block-letter ("Musial-Model") "M159" bat has been signed in black marker (grading "10") by Musial on the barrel, directly below the barrel stamping. An additional salutation ("Best Wishes Stan Musial"), scripted in vintage black marker, is also written on the barrel; but it does not appear to be in Musial's hand and seems to have been added simply for display purposes. The intriguing aspect of this bat; however, is not what's written on the barrel, but what's written on the handle. There, one finds a calligraphic-style vintage marker notation that reads "May 2, 1954 Stan Musial hit 5 Home Runs in a double header vs. New York Giants." Musial did make history that day, tying a Major League record with five home runs in two consecutive games and setting a record with twenty-one total bases in the two games. It seems odd that such a notation would be randomly written on the bat if the original owner didn't have some reason to believe that this was indeed the bat used by Musial on that day. Adding to the mystery is 4.5 x 3-inch area of light shading on the back of the barrel that is bordered by adhesive residue. This area was obviously once covered by a display card that is now lost. Did that card provide further evidence of the bat's provenance? We will never know. Unfortunately, our consignor received this bat many years ago just as it is now, with no other supporting documentation. MEARS, obviously, would have no way of knowing whether or not this bat was used by Musial on the date in question, but does note in its LOA that, in its estimation, while the bat does show use, "the bat does not show use from (5) five home runs." While definitive affirmation of its use in that historic game would make this one of the most desirable Musial bats in existence, as it stands now, it is reasonable only to say with certainty that this is a perfect Musial pro model bat dating from the 1950s, with decorations suggesting great significance (attribution to use during his five home run day), but possibly meant to simply pay tribute to Musial's greatest day at the plate. The bat displays moderate use overall, including grain swelling, surface marks, and rack marks. H&B factory records document numerous shipments of 34.5-inch, 30-ounce M159 model bats to Musial between the years 1953 (the first shipment was on July 14th) and 1960. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 30.1 ounces. Graded A9 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus an additional 2 points for use and 2 points for the vintage notation). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $5,875.00
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