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1939 Baseball Hall of Fame "Opening Day" Commemorative Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,115
Extremely rare souvenir bat manufactured by H&B, issued to commemorate of the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12, 1939. Similar in appearance to H&B's World Series black bats, the bat is stamped "Cavalcade of Baseball-Cooperstown N.Y.-June 12, 1939" in gilt lettering along the barrel. The gold-painted 1939 Baseball Centennial logo appears between the barrel stamping and center-brand label. These bats were only presented to Hall of Fame officials and dignitaries attending the ceremonies on that day and were not available for purchase. For that reason, they are exceedingly rare. The opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the highlight of Major League Baseball's year-long anniversary celebration. The festivities that day, referred to as the "Cavalcade of Baseball," included not only the formal dedication of the building but also the induction of the first twenty-six members of the Hall of Fame and an exhibition game between teams made up of Major League stars. This is only the second example of this extremely rare and substantial 1939 Hall of Fame relic we have ever offered. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36.4 ounces. The stamping of the "E" in "June" is incomplete, otherwise the bat is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,115
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