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1920-1922 Bob Meusel Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,058
This Bob Meusel Spalding block-letter bat ("B. Meusel" stamped on the barrel) dates from the 1907-1925 manufacturing period; however, according to MEARS' analysis, it can be more narrowly defined to the three-year period 1920-1922 based upon its design. The fact that Bob Meusel's Major League debut was 1920 is also consistent with the MEARS bat-style dating. One of the most interesting aspects of this bat is the fact that it lacks a center brand, although the Spalding label can be found imprinted on the knob. Meusel's name has been deeply stamped on the barrel and is exceptionally well defined. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks, deadwood on the back of the barrel and an eleven-inch multiple crack in the handle (small area of wood loss). This bat is accompanied by both a MEARS letter and a PSA/DNA letter. While both companies agree on the bat's condition and pro-model status, the PSA/DNA letter does not date this bat as narrowly as MEARS' research, dating the bat to the "1920-1929 labeling period" (a wider range of years which includes the MEARS 1920-1922 dating range) and notes that the barrel appears to have possibly been refinished at one time. Bob Meusel was one of the top hitters of his era and a key member of the Yankees famed "Murderers' Row" lineup. Meusel's career spanned the years 1920 through 1930, with all but his last season spent with the Yankees. Meusel led the League in both home runs and RBI in 1925 and finished his career with a .309 average. During his ten-year tenure with the Yankees, the team won six pennants and three World Championships. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 35.6 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use and a half point each deducted for the handle crack and deadwood on the reverse). PSA/DNA has graded the bat GU6. This is one of only five Bob Meusel bats listed in the MEARS census and one of only three graded by the company (two are simply listed as "authentic" while the other two graded examples are A7.5 and A7). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,058
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