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1926-1934 Pie Traynor Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,998
Pie Traynor Spalding model "No. 200" bat (Player's Autograph series) dating from the 1926-1934 manufacturing period. Graded A7 by MEARS, only two graded at this level, with just one graded higher. The bat features the name "Harold 'Pie' Traynor" stamped on the barrel in script letters. The stamped notation "Hand Turned," which is the key feature of all Spalding pro-model bats manufactured between the years 1926 and 1934, appears above the famous "Ball & Diamond" center brand. Two small diamonds appear to the left and right of the center brand. The one on the left features the stamped notation ("No. 200"), while the one on the right bears the stamped notation "Oil Temp." It is fascinating to note that this is the very same style bat as the Traynor game bat which was offered as Lot 1310 in REA's May 2007 auction, and which originated directly from Traynor's family. The bat is not cracked and displays significant use including surface marks, cleat marks, and deadwood on the back of the barrel. A very small amount of chipping and grain separation can be found on the reverse of the barrel as well. Pie Traynor 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 inches. Weight: 35.4 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use but minus 1 point for the chipping on the reverse of the barrel). This is one of only four Pie Traynor bats listed in the MEARS census. 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 $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,998
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