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Extraordinary 1960 Brooks Robinson Signed Pro-Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,963
Brooks Robinson H&B signature-model "O1S" bat dating precisely from 1960. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. This is a most remarkable Brooks Robinson bat, one of the most extraordinary examples we can imagine and by far the finest we have ever seen on numerous counts. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball marks and stitch impressions on the front and left barrel, cleat marks, rack marks, and a light application of pine tar on the handle. The handle has also been scored to enhance the grip. A small crack is evident in the upper handle (this may affect the grade but in our eyes, and in the eyes of many collectors, this type of condition "problem" relating to use is actually a positive). The number "9" is written twice in black ink on the knob (denoting the bat's original weight of 29 ounces). Robinson has signed the bat in black marker (grading "10") on the barrel, directly below the barrel stamping. 1960 was Robinson's breakout season. After spending half of the 1959 season in the minors, Robinson entered the 1960 season as the Orioles' starting third baseman and he rewarded the club's patience with him by batting .284 with 14 home runs, and 88 RBI. While those numbers might not seem impressive, when coupled with his defensive prowess at the hot corner, they helped Robinson finish third in the MVP balloting that season behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. 1960 was also a year of firsts for Robinson. The season marked the first of fifteen consecutive All-Star Game appearances and the start of a record sixteen consecutive Gold Glove Awards. Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983, his first year of eligibility. This is not only the finest Brooks Robinson bat we have ever handled, but one of the earliest as well, made all the more desirable for its rare and extremely significant pinpoint dating to Robinson's first great season in the majors. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 28.1 ounces. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $2,963
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