Rare Circa 1935/1936 Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers Game-Used Bat - PSA/DNA GU 9.5

Sold For: $30,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2014

Item Year: 1935

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Hank Greenberg Spalding Resilite block-letter (last name only) model "No. 200" bat dating from the circa 1935/1936 manufacturing period. Graded GU 9.5 by PSA/DNA. According to PSA/DNA, Spalding Resilite bats are the rarest of all Hank Greenberg pro-model bats because they were produced only for a short period of time, sometime around the mid 1930s. We know that Greenberg used Spalding Resilite bats during his career because his professional bat ordering record on file at the Louisville Slugger Museum documents that he returned a Spalding Resilite bat to the H&B factory on July 13, 1934, so that Louisville Sluggers of the same specifications could be produced for him. The offered bat, which is not cracked, displays evidence of heavy use, including many ball marks and stitch impressions on the left and back barrel, cleat marks, and green bat-rack marks. Most important, the bat displays a well-known Greenberg characteristic: scoring along the handle to increase the grip. "Hammerin'" Hank Greenberg was one of the most feared sluggers of his day, leading the American League in home runs on four separate occasions. In 1938 he seriously challenged Ruth's single-season home run record, only to fall short by two, with 58. The previous year he drove in 183 runs, the second-best mark in American League history and third best all-time behind Gehrig (184) and Hack Wilson (190). In his six full seasons from 1934 through 1940 (he was hurt in 1936 and lost nearly five full seasons due to military service from 1941 to 1945) Greenberg averaged 39 home runs and 150 RBI. To put his RBI numbers in proper perspective, whereas Greenberg averaged 150 RBI a season over that period, other prominent Hall of Fame sluggers such as Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron never even once recorded 150 RBI in a single season. Greenberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. This is both a rare and outstanding Hank Greenberg pro-model bat dating from the prime of his legendary career. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36.1 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $10,000+.

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