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1925-1928 Hack Wilson Pro-Model Bat - Highest-Graded Example
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $7,638
This Hack Wilson H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) dates from the 1921-1931 labeling era; however, based upon nuances within the design of the center brand, it can be more narrowly dated to the four-year period 1925-1928. Graded A8 by MEARS; only one other graded at this level, and none graded higher. This is an extraordinary bat from one of the great sluggers of the era. Hack Wilson pro-model bats are exceedingly rare: this example is one of only five listed in the MEARS census and, most important, only one of two Hack Wilson H&B models ever graded by the company (this being the highest-graded of the two; the A6.5 graded example was presented in REA's May 2008 auction as Lot 1438). H&B models are universally recognized as the ideal for collectors. The bat is not cracked and displays heavy use (especially above the barrel stamp) in the form of ball, stitch, and cleat marks. A small amount of deadwood on the back of the barrel has been professionally restored. The knob is fully intact, which is rare to find on Hack Wilson pro-model bats. The degree of use on this bat is not surprising, as it dates from the most prolific period of Wilson's career. During the mid to late 1920s Wilson was one of the most feared sluggers in the game. From 1926 through 1930 Wilson averaged 35.4 home runs and 141.5 RBI per season, including a Major League record 190 RBI in 1930. Unlike most power hitters, Wilson could also hit for average, and he finished his twelve-year career with a .307 lifetime batting mark. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 42.4 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use). 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 $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,638
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