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1961 Eddie Kasko World Series Game-Issued Bat with Family Provenance
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $948.00
H&B signature-model "M110" bat issued to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Eddie Kasko for use in the 1961 World Series versus the New York Yankees. This piece has been consigned directly by the Kasko family and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Kasko's niece. The bat features the special block-letter barrel stampings "World Series 1961" and "Cincinnati Reds" above and below, respectively, Kasko's stamped facsimile signature. World Series bats have long been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each player) and inherent provenance. The offered bat, which is not cracked, displays little-to-no use, indicating that it probably did not see any action in the 1961 fall classic, especially given the fact that Kasko was the hitting star for the Reds in the Series. Despite falling in five games to the legendary 1961 Yankees, Kasko did his part by batting .318 and leading all Reds players with seven hits in the Series. Kasko spent the prime of his career with the Reds (1959-1963), batting .276 over that span. He retired after the 1966 season and later enjoyed a lengthy career with Boston Red Sox in a number of capacities, both in the minor and Major Leagues. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 30.6 ounces. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $948.00
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