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1973-1975 Hank Aaron Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,303.50
Hank Aaron H&B signature-model "R43" bat dating from the 1973-1975 manufacturing period. The bat, which is not cracked, displays light-to-moderate use along its entire length, including a few light ball marks. Aaron's uniform number ("44") is written on the end of the knob in black marker. This bat dates from the historic three-year period which culminated in 1974 with Aaron passing Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home-run king. 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 a tremendous Aaron bat example dating from the most celebrated period of his career. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. This bat is accompanied by an exhaustive three-page letter of authenticity, dated December 14, 1992, from the Professional Bat Collector's Club, which lists Stephen Terman as president, Michael Montbriand as vice president, and Marshall Fogel as a member of the consulting board. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,303.50
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