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1968-1970 Hank Aaron Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50
Hank Aaron Adirondack block-letter model "63A" bat dating from the 1968-1970 manufacturing period. Graded A9 by MEARS. Hank Aaron used both H&B and Adirondack bats during his long career, but fewer Adirondack examples are found in the hobby today. Currently, the MEARS census report lists thirty-four H&B Hank Aaron pro-model bats, compared to just eighteen Adirondack models. This is one of two Hank Aaron Adirondack pro-model bats graded at this level, with only two graded higher. The bat displays significant use including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, green bat-rack marks, cleat marks, grain swelling, a small amount of pine tar residue, and a professionally repaired crack in the handle. Aaron's uniform number ("44") appears on the knob in black marker. Despite his advancing age, Aaron was still at the top of his game between the years 1968 and 1970, posting home-run totals of 29, 44, and 38, respectively, during that three-season span. This is an impeccable Hank Aaron pro-model game bat in all respects and one that would stand out in even the most advanced bat collection. Length: 35.25 inches. Weight: 33.8 ounces. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 3 points added for use and 1 point for the uniform number on the knob). 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 $4,112.50
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