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1954-1956 Duke Snider Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,525
Duke Snider H&B signature-model "C117L" bat dating from the 1954-1956 manufacturing period. Duke Snider pro-model bats are among the rarest of all postwar Hall of Famers and many times scarcer than those of either Mantle or Mays, his two crosstown rivals in center field during the 1950s. The most notable feature of this bat is the fact that Snider's uniform number ("4") has been painted on the knob in black, as opposed to having been applied in marker. The bat displays light use, including rack marks, as well as some minor scuffing and general wear on the barrel. Snider has inscribed the bat "Duke Snider #4" in blue Sharpie (grading "10") on the barrel. The added appeal of this bat is its dating. The three-year span 1954-1956, of course, includes the historic 1955 season, which marked the Dodgers only World Championship season in Brooklyn. That period also witnessed three of Snider's most productive seasons in Brooklyn. Snider enjoyed perhaps his greatest all-around season in 1954, batting a career-high .341 with 40 home runs and 130 RBI. The following season saw him torment National League pitchers once again, as evidenced by his .309 average, 42 home runs, and career-high 136 RBI. 1956 once again saw him reach a new career plateau, this time in home runs, with a league-leading total of 43. He also added 101 RBI to go along with his .292 average. Although Snider was oftentimes overshadowed by Mantle and Mays, his record during the 1950s cannot be denied. Snider hit forty or more home runs for five consecutive years beginning in 1953 and his total of 326 home runs was the most by any player in the 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. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 33.3 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,525
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