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Circa 1910 Nap Lajoie Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $10,440.00
Extremely rare Nap Lajoie pro model bat. The bat, which is typical in size and weight for those produced during baseball's famed "dead ball" era, bears no manufacturer's markings and features the name "Lajoie" deeply stamped on the barrel in block letters. The hand-turned knob displays an enigmatic vintage carving which is difficult to decipher; however, it appears to include the letters "N" and "H" in an interconnected form. The barrel end bears a vintage flat cut. Heavy use is exhibited along its entire length including ball marks, surface marks, cleat marks, and the adhesive remains of black tape that was once applied to the handle in a spiral wrap. One of the most interesting aspects of the bat is the very deliberate heavy scoring along the center area and, to a lesser degree, on the barrel. It should be noted that there is no record of this style bat ever being available for sale to the public, and only a handful of Nap Lajoie pro model bats are known to exist (according to current population reports, only four are known to date), thus this particular offering represents a very significant opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of all Hall of Famer pro model bats. This is the first Lajoie pro model bat we have ever offered. Nap Lajoie was the first great hitting star of the American League and his fame was such that the Cleveland club was even referred to as the "Naps" during his tenure with them (1903-14). Numbered among his impressive Hall of Fame credentials are four consecutive batting titles (1901-04, highlighted by his career high .426 in 1901), a Triple Crown title (1901), 3,242 hits, 1,599 RBI and a lifetime .338 average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. Length: 33.5 inches. Weight: 39 ounces. Graded A4.5 by MEARS. (This bat would grade an ideal A8 but has lost 3 points for no factory records, which of course is standard for bats from this era, and an additional one-half point for the knob carving per MEARS grading criteria.) This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing and Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $10,440.00
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