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1958 Red Schoendienst Signed Pro-Model World Series Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
Rare Red Schoendienst pro-model bat specially produced and issued to the Hall of Fame second baseman for use during the 1958 World Series. Graded A9 by MEARS. The H&B signature model "U1" bat is stamped "World Series 1959" and "Milwaukee Braves" in block letters above and below (respectively) Schoendienst's name on the barrel. Schoendienst has signed and inscribed the bat "Red Schoendienst HOF 89" (referencing his year of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame) in blue Sharpie (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. The bat is not cracked and displays light use (which is normal for a World Series or special-event bat), including a few rack and cleat marks. Factory records indicate that Schoendienst ordered both 35-inch and 35.5-inch model "U1" bats for the 1958 World Series, each weighing 36 ounces. Unfortunately, the records are incomplete with regard to the number of bats ordered for each length (logic dictates that the number was very small for each). The offered example measures 35.5 inches in length and weighs 36.125 ounces. Schoendienst started all seven games at second base for Milwaukee during the 1958 World Series and batted .300 in a losing effort against the Yankees. A ten-time All-Star, Schoendienst finished his career with a .289 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. World Series bats have long been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each player) and inherent provenance. Those used by Hall of Fame players are especially desirable. Graded A9 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 1 point for use and an additional 3 points for its World Series provenance). Schoendienst bats are rare. This is one of only three Red Schoendienst pro-model bats listed in the entire MEARS census, and one of only two H&B examples. It is also the only example graded at this level, with just one graded higher (A10). 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 and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528
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