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1922-1925 George Kelly Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $592.50
George Kelly H&B signature-model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1922-1925 manufacturing period. The bat displays evidence of heavy use along its entire length, including a handle crack of indeterminate length that has been repaired. Checking (grain swelling) from repeated ball contact on the back of the barrel has also been repaired. Many ball marks are visible on the right and left barrel. Cleat marks can be seen on the left barrel. Carved into the knob are the initials "FS," which sit within a larger carved "X." This bat measures 34 inches in length and weighs 36 ounces. As noted by PSA/DNA in its accompanying letter, "Recorded lengths and weights for George Kelly during his Major League career are between 35 and 38 inches and 35 to 40 ounces. In addition to the recorded lengths there are several orders during his career that have no specified length. The handle, knob, and barrel dimensions of the subject bat appear to be those of 'His 5-11-21' model aka 'His Old George Kelly,' which was later vault marked and designated the 'K9' model." PSA/DNA concludes its letter by stating "After a thorough examination of this George Kelly professional model bat, and its player use characteristics, it is our opinion the bat is authentic and was manufactured for Kelly during the referenced labeling period. The bat's use by Kelly cannot be confirmed." (The bat's use by Kelly cannot be confirmed due to the different initials carved in the knob.) George "Highpockets" Kelly was one of the key members of the New York Giants 1921-1923 baseball dynasty, helping to lead the club to three pennants and two World Championships during that span. He was also one of the top fielding first basemen of the era, and he joined Frank Frisch, Dave Bancroft, and Heinie Groh in what many consider to be the best Giants infield of all time. Kelly batted over .300 for six consecutive seasons (1921-1926) and twice he hit three home runs in one game. He also knocked in 100 or more runs four years in a row, capped by a League- and career-high 136 in 1924. He finished his career with a .297 lifetime average, 148 home runs, and 1,020 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $592.50
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