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1967 Bob Gibson All-Star Game Pro-Model Bat - Highest Graded Example!
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25
Rare H&B block-letter model "W212" bat specially produced and issued to St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson for use in the 1967 All-Star Game in Anaheim. Graded A10 by MEARS.
All-Star bats, like World Series bats, are favorites with collectors both because each is specifically made for use in a special game(s), and because each can be dated to a very specific year. Ideally, this bat was originally obtained directly from Bob Gibson, who, a few years ago, sold nearly all of his personal baseball memorabilia. The fact that Bob Gibson parted with the few pro-model bats he had in his collection in no way discounts their rarity. Years back, literally dozens of Killebrew bats were around once he made them available. No one saved more bats than Killebrew, yet they have virtually disappeared from the marketplace. In comparison, only six pro-model bats were in Gibson's personal collection. There will be no more, and they will most assuredly disappear as quickly as they surfaced. The rarity and significance of this bat is further reflected by the fact that it is one of only two Bob Gibson pro-model bats ever examined by MEARS, and the only example to receive a perfect grade of A10. The bat is stamped "All Star Game" and "1967 - Anaheim" in block letters above and below (respectively) Gibson's name (last name only) on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and well defined. The bat displays no use, save for a few light rack marks. It should be noted that the lack of use, especially for a pitcher, is appropriate for a special-event bat such as this. Gibson pitched two innings in the game, but did not appear at bat. The 1967 All-Star Game remains the longest on record. The game, won by the National League by a score of 2-1, lasted fifteen innings and took three hours and forty-one minutes to complete. The length of the game aside, it stands as one of the most memorable midsummer classics due to the dominant pitching performances on both sides. The game featured a record thirty combined strikeouts, with all twelve pitchers in the game registering at least one. Gibson pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the National League, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out two. This is an exceptional bat from one of baseball's fiercest competitors, dating from the height of his great powers as one of the most dominating pitchers in the history of the game. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for special event use and two points for its All-Star Game 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. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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