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1921-1931 Arky Vaughan Pre-Rookie Era Side Written Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,900.00
Hillerich & Bradsby professional model (pre model #) bat has "Vaughn" stamped in block letters on the barrel. The misspelling of his name on the barrel was a common mistake for pre-contract rookie bats and this has been confirmed over the years by other known examples of player names misspelled on the barrel. The center brand label is from a transition period dating the bat to the 1929 to 1931 era. The bat exhibits heavy game use including ball and cleat marks, and deadwood on the reverse of the barrel which has been repaired with approximately eighty small vintage nails. The cracked handle (approx. 6 inches) has also been repaired with approximately eleven small vintage nails. The bat has evidence of faint side writing which is no longer legible and outline remnants of the original shipping label on the barrel. The factory notation "Hornsby style 36" 38 oz" appears on the handle. Vaughan was among the leading National League hitters in the 1930s and was considered the best shortstop in the league. During his career he was named to the National League All-Star team nine successive years. His best years were spent in Pittsburgh, where his mentor, Honus Wagner, roomed with Vaughan while a Pirate coach. In 1935 Vaughan batted .385. He finished his career with a lifetime average of .318 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985. This is an exceptionally rare Hall of Famer game bat, one of only three Arky Vaughan game bats known to exist. Length: 35.75 inches. Weight: 34.5 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A6. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00
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