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Lot # 987 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921-1931 Babe Ruth Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $7,500.00, Sold For - $29,000.00

A Babe Ruth bat is one of the most highly-prized pieces of baseball memorabilia of any type, and a worthy centerpiece not just to a museum-caliber bat collection, but to any baseball memorabilia collection. It is one of the few items that transcends just memorabilia collecting, and is appreciated by collectors and non-collectors alike. When the National Sports Gallery in Washington displayed a Babe Ruth bat in a manner that allowed anyone to touch the bat, hundreds of thousands of visitors came to do just that. When a genuine Babe Ruth bat is available to hold, collectors and fans are compelled to grip the bat, as the Babe once gripped the bat, and to swing (even if only a "half-swing" in slow motion), as the Babe once swung, to feel the weight and power of the bat, and, maybe, the presence of Babe Ruth's spirit. This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model (pre model #) bat with hand-rasped knob, dating from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period, displays light game use including slight swelling (from hitting balls) and a few cleat marks on the barrel. The manufacturer's stampings are deeply distinct and contrast very strongly against the beautiful natural wood color, giving this example an unusually impressive visual appeal. This is a stunning Babe Ruth bat dating from the peak of Ruth's career and the glory years of the Yankees franchise. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34.5 ounces (SCD Authentic LOA specifically notes that this bat has lost weight, which is not unusual, and may have originally weighed as much as 39 ounces). SCD Authentic Grade: A6. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $7,500. Estimate $15,000/$25,000. SOLD FOR $29,000.00

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