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1964 Duke Snider Pro-Model Bat - Documented Final Season
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $3,525
Duke Snider H&B signature model "O16" bat dating from the 1960-1964 manufacturing period. Graded A9 by MEARS; one of two graded at this level, with only one graded higher. Ideally, factory records allow us to definitively date this bat to 1964, which was Snider's final Major League season. Factory records indicate two shipments of model "O16" bats, matching this bat's specifications, to Snider in 1964. The first order of six bats occurred on 4/17/64, while the second order, also for six bats, was shipped on 6/2/64. The bat displays significant use including deeply embedded ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, deadwood on the back of the barrel, and a ten-inch crack in the handle. Most important, the bat displays Snider's characteristic "crisscross" tape wrapping along the handle. That distinct and unique pattern, which is the one trait most often looked for by collectors of Snider bats, is well documented and greatly adds both to the aesthetics of the bat and its provenance. Snider appeared in ninety-one games with the San Francisco Giants in 1964. He closed out his career by batting .210 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI. Snider was one of the top sluggers in baseball during the 1950s, hitting forty or more home runs for five consecutive years. In fact, his total of 326 home runs was the most hit by any player in that decade. He finished his career with 407 home runs, 1,333 RBI, and a .295 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. This bat is perfect in all respects and the fact that it could conceivably have been the very last bat ever used by Snider, or the bat that launched his final career home run, only adds to its great significance and appeal. Length: 34.875 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use and 2 points for displaying Snider's personal-player traits, but minus a half point each for the crack in the handle and the deadwood on the back of the barrel). Duke Snider game bats are particularly rare even though he was a star player of his era and had a career spanning eighteen seasons. This is one of only eight Duke Snider pro-model bats listed in the MEARS census. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Estimate $1,500. Reserve $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $3,525
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