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1921-1931 Pie Traynor Pro-Model Bat - Only Graded H&B Example
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,233
Extremely rare Pie Traynor H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1921-1931 labeling period. This is one of only four Pie Traynor bats listed in the MEARS census and the only H&B example (the others are either Spalding or Zin Beck models). Its rarity is perhaps best communicated by the accompanying MEARS LOA: "This is the first Traynor H&B bat we have seen." REA has sold two Spalding models in years past (one in 2007 and one in 2008, both Spalding 200 models), but this is the first H&B model (traditionally recognized by collectors as the ideal) we have ever seen also. The bat is not cracked but displays heavy use along its entire length including grain swelling, cleat marks, and various surface marks. The bat also displays a number of small "dents" along the barrel, a chip on the knob, and a small nail hole on the reverse located slightly below the center brand. Pie Traynor, who spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-1937), is universally recognized as the finest fielding third baseman of his era. His legendary reputation in the field, however, sometimes overshadows his extraordinary batting record. Traynor batted over .300 on ten separate occasions, including a career high .366 in 1930, and retired in 1937 with a .320 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948. Length: 34.875 inches. Weight: 35.6 ounces. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade with 3 points added for use but a combined 1.5 subtracted for the barrel "dents" and the chip in the knob). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,233
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