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1951 Ralph Houk World Series Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $293.75
Scarce H&B block-letter model "K55" bat specially produced for and issued to New York Yankees backup catcher Ralph Houk for use during the 1951 World Series. The bat is stamped "World Series 1951" and "New York Yankees" in block letters above and below (respectively) Houk's name (last name only) on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain distinct and legible. The bat displays very light use including a number of minor surface marks. Houk, who was only with the Yankees for the proverbial "cup of coffee" in 1951, didn't appear in the Series. The Yankees captured their third consecutive World Championship in 1951 by defeating the Giants in six games. Although Houk enjoyed a less than spectacular playing career he was no stranger to the postseason. He was a member of six New York Yankees World Championship clubs between the years 1947 and 1954 and later managed the Yankees, including the historic 1961 club, leading the team to three pennants and two World Championships. 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. This one, issued to "The Major" during the height of the Yankee's legendary 1949-1953 dynasty, is especially desirable. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 33.8 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 2 points for its World Series provenance). This is one of only three Ralph Houk pro-model bats listed in the MEARS census and the only World Series 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 $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $293.75
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