H&B signature model "MC44" bat issued to Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson for use in the 1965 All-Star Game held at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium on July 13th. Graded a near-perfect GU 9.5 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays medium-to-heavy use along its entire length, including ball marks (with black, blue, and red ink transfers), stitch impressions, and a light application of pine tar on the upper handle. An approximate seven-inch "H" crack in the handle has been repaired. Robinson's uniform number ("5") is written on the knob in red marker. Robinson has inscribed the bat "Brooks Robinson/HOF 83 #5" in blue marker (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. Robinson, who was making his sixth consecutive appearance in the midsummer classic, went 1-4 in the American League's 6-5 loss that day, with his lone hit coming in the bottom of the fifth inning against Jim Maloney. Robinson finished with year with 18 home runs, 80 RBI, and a .297 batting average, numbers which earned him a third-place finish in the MVP balloting at season's end. All-Star Game and World Series bats have always been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each participating player) and date-specific provenance. The offered example is an exceptional high-grade Robinson All-Star Game bat dating from the height of his illustrious career. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+.
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