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1958 Pee Wee Reese Pro-Model Bat - Final Major League Season

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25

Pee Wee Reese H&B signature model "R46" bat dating from the 1950-1960 manufacturing period. Graded A8.5 by MEARS; one of only two graded at this level, with none graded higher. Ideally, factory records allow us to definitely date the production of this bat precisely to the year 1958, which was Reese's final Major League season. This particular bat measures 34 inches in length and the records indicate that the only shipments of 34-inch model "R46" bats to Reese occurred in 1958. Fifteen bats were sent to him in total, spread out over three different dates: six on 4/30/58, three on 6/11/58, and six on 6/12/58. The bat displays significant use including deep ball and stitch marks, rack marks, grain swelling, and cleat marks. 1958 marked both the Dodgers first year in Los Angeles and Reese's sixteenth and final season with the club. Reese, who was the team's captain, appeared in fifty-eight games that season, batting .224 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI. This bat is perfect in all respects and the fact that it could conceivably have been the very last bat ever used by Reese only adds to its significance and appeal. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31.1 ounces. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use and a half point for the factory-documented date). This is one of only three Pee Wee Reese pro-model bats, dating from his playing career, currently listed in the MEARS census. 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 $4,406.25

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