Ted Williams H&B signature-model ("W183") bat dating from the 1955-1957 manufacturing period. Graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. The bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along its entire length, including many ball marks and stitch impressions on the right, left, and back barrel, cleat marks, a scored handle, and special coat of olive oil and resin (preferred by Williams to enhance his grip) on the upper handle. Williams' uniform number ("9") is written on the knob in black marker. The bat's weight (which is 33 ounces) is also noted on the knob by three slashes written in pencil. As noted in the accompanying PSA/DNA LOA, this is a picture perfect Ted Williams pro-model bat: "A review of Ted Williams Professional Bat Ordering Record (PBOR) on file at Louisville Slugger, confirms that the length (35 inches) and weight (33 ounces) match perfectly to the W183 models ordered by Williams during the reference labeling. The ordering records specify 'very narrow grain,' which duplicates the grain pattern on the subject bat." The three-year period 1955 to 1957 was especially productive for Williams, as he registered batting averages of .356, .345, and a league-leading .388, respectively during that time, while also averaging 27 home runs and 110 RBI. This is one of the finest Ted Williams bats we have ever offered and one that would be a highlight of any advanced Hall of Fame bat collection. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.7 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Opening Bid $10,000. Estimate $30,000++.
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