1992 Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Pro-Model Bat - Highest-Graded Example! MEARS A10!

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1377

Item Year: 1992

Category: Game-Used Bats

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Ken Griffey Jr. Louisville Slugger signature-model "G157" bat dating to the 1991 to 1997 manufacturing period. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is not just the highest-graded Ken Griffey Jr. bat listed in the MEARS census, but also the only Ken Griffey Jr. bat to ever merit a perfect grade of A10. Ideally, the factory records allow us to definitively date this bat to 1992, which was Griffey's fourth season in the Majors. The Louisville Slugger shipping records indicate that Griffey received just one shipment of model "G157" bats during his career, with that order of six bats having been sent on September 17, 1992. The black, cupped-end bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including deeply embedded ball marks and stitch impressions (eight ball marks exhibit blue-ink transfers from American League balls), rack marks, cleat marks, a light application of pine tar on the handle, and deadwood. A wrap of white tape, done in Griffey's trademark "criss-cross" pattern, extends 9.5 inches up the handle. Griffey has signed the bat in silver paint pen (grading "9") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. Griffey batted .308 with 27 home runs and 103 RBI in 1992, with both his home run and RBI totals representing career highs at the time. Already considered one of the best all-around players in the game in 1992, Griffey quickly progressed to become one of baseball's top sluggers. Beginning in 1993, Griffey totaled forty or more home runs in seven of the next eight seasons, including a career-high 56 in both 1997 and 1998. Today, Griffey ranks fifth on the all-time home run list with 630. Length: 33.75 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, and 2 points for documented player characteristics). This is one of sixteen Ken Griffey Jr. bats listed in the MEARS census, with no others graded at this level. For those used by a modern-day player, Griffey bats are much scarcer than one would think, with this example ranking as one of the finest known. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200.
SOLD FOR $1,528

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