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1977-1979 Thurman Munson Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,666
Thurman Munson H&B signature-model "S44" bat dating from the narrow three-year 1977-1979 manufacturing period. The bat displays evidence of moderate use, including several ball and stitch impressions on the left and back barrel, and a moderate coat of pine tar on the handle. The number "41" is written on the knob in black marker, indicating that the bat may have possibly been used by Munson and another player. (Munson wore number 15 for his entire career with the Yankees; Cliff Johnson wore number 41 with the Yankees between the years 1977 and 1979). Despite that minor anomaly, John Taube concludes his LOA by stating "After a thorough examination of this Thurman Munson professional model bat, and its player use characteristics, it is our opinion the bat is authentic and was used by Munson during the referenced labeling period." In the realm of Munson pro-model bats, there are none more desirable than those dating from the club's two World Championship seasons of 1977 and 1978. The possibility that it could have also been used by Munson during his final season in 45tripes only adds to its appeal. Thurman Munson was one of the finest all-around catchers of his era and another in a long line of legendary Yankees players. A Rookie of the Year, six-time All-Star selection, and League MVP, Munson helped lead the Yankees to three pennants and two World Championships during his brief career. In addition to his remarkable offensive achievements (including three consecutive seasons of batting over .300 with 100 or more RBI) Munson was also awarded three Gold Glove Awards in recognition of his defensive skills. In 1976 he received possibly his highest honor when he was named the team's first captain since Lou Gehrig. Munson pro-model bats, like those of Roger Maris, are more desirable than those of many Hall of Fame players and the demand far outweighs the limited supply today. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 31.2 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,666
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