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1973-1975 Hank Aaron Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,233
Hank Aaron H&B signature-model ("A99") bat dating from the 1973-1975 manufacturing period. The bat features Aaron's uniform number ("44") written on the knob in vintage black marker. (It should be noted that the number "44" is written in the correct "open four" style that is common to authentic Aaron pro-model bats.) Light use is displayed in the form of a few stray ball marks. Aaron has signed the bat in blue Sharpie (grading "10") on the side of the barrel, directly above the barrel stamping. This bat dates from the historic three-year period in which Aaron passed Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home-run king in 1974. Despite the glory he received that summer, the Braves unceremoniously traded Aaron to the Milwaukee Braves during the off-season, and he finished his remaining two years in baseball primarily as a designated hitter. How many (if any at all) of Aaron's final forty-two home runs were hit with this bat we will never know, but it represents an attractive example dating from the most celebrated period of his career. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.6 ounces. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus a half point for use, and 1 point for the uniform number on the knob). LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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