1939 National League All-Star Game Black Bat - Early Example!

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1687

Item Year: 1939

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare presentational black bat issued by Hillerich & Bradsby to commemorate the 1939 All-Star Game. This is one of the earliest All-Star Game black bats we have seen, predated only by the 1938 example that appears elsewhere in this auction. It is also one of only two 1939 National League examples of which we are aware. These special presentation bats were produced in limited numbers and were only distributed to team members and select league and team officials, making them among the rarest of all souvenirs associated with the game. The offered bat features a special gold stamping on the barrel that reads "National League All Stars 1939." The names of twenty-five National League team members, either in the form of facsimile signatures (if they were under contract with H&B) or plain block letters, also appear on the barrel, including those of Mel Ott, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Medwick, Billy Herman, Johnny Mize, Arky Vaughan, and Johnny Vander Meer. The bat (35 inches in length) displays light-to-moderate surface wear, including a tiny abrasion. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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