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1961-1964 Roger Maris Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $8,700.00
Hillerich & Bradsby signature model A92 features exceptionally strong manufacturer's stampings, including a deeply defined Maris facsimile signature on the barrel. The bat exhibits considerable game use including numerous ball and stitch marks, and light cleat marks scattered about the barrel. Maris' player number "9" can be seen on the end of the knob in vintage faded black marker. The handle (uncracked) has a heavy coat of pine tar. A very light coat of varnish has been applied to the bat. Maris broke into the majors with Cleveland in 1957 and, after a less-than-promising rookie season, was traded in mid-season of the following year to Kansas City. He would remain with the Athletics through the 1959 season before being dealt to the Yankees in one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. With a much stronger cast around him, Maris promptly recorded the two finest seasons of his career, winning back to back MVP awards and breaking Ruth's single season home run record with "61 in '61." Roger Maris game bats dating from the 1961 era are exceedingly rare, and the offered example is one of the finest in the collecting world. Aside from having a fully documented 1961 Maris gamer, if such a bat exists, this is as close as one can get to a 1961 Roger Maris bat. This is a world-class 1961-era bat once used by the great Roger Maris, baseball's legendary, reluctant hero. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A7.5. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$7,000. SOLD FOR $8,700.00
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