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1934-1943 Billy Herman Pro-Model Bat - Highest Graded Example
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
Billy Herman H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1934-1943 labeling period. Graded A8 by MEARS, only two graded at this level, with none graded higher. Billy Herman pro-model bats are exceedingly rare: currently this is one of only three examples ever graded by MEARS. This bat is further distinguished by the fact that it is also the earliest Billy Herman pro-model bat listed in the MEARS census and dates from the prime of his career. The bat displays significant use along its entire length including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, rack and cleat marks, and a crack in the handle (indeterminate length) that has been expertly restored (nearly invisible to the naked eye). During his playing career (1931-1947) Herman was considered the finest second baseman in the National League; Leo Durocher once remarked that he was "universally accepted as the classic number-two hitter...an absolute master at hitting behind the runner." Herman played with both the Cubs and Dodgers between the years 1934-1943, batting over .300 in six of those ten seasons. He also led the League in fielding percentage at his position on three separate occasions. Herman finished his career with a .304 average and 2,345 hits. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 31.5 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 $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,293
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