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Circa 1950 Ralph Kiner Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $928.00
Although H&B was the primary supplier of Major League game bats during the twentieth century, they did not have a monopoly on the market. One of the smaller, private manufacturers successfully competing with H&B was Joseph Kren, who was based in Syracuse, New York. Offered is one such Kren pro model bat made for slugger Ralph Kiner during the late 1940s/early 1950s. The bat is not cracked and features the name "Kiner" stamped on the barrel in block letters. The center brand bears the notations "Kren's Special" and "Hand Turned," the combination of which define this bat as a professional model. The bat's length ("34") is stamped on the knob. The bat displays light use including a few ball marks on the barrel. Ralph Kiner was the dominant slugger of his era, leading the National League in home runs every season between the years 1946 and 1952. Although his lifetime home run total of 369 was limited by his short career (10 years), it should be noted that upon his retirement in 1955 he trailed only Ruth in home run percentage (7.09). Today, that mark represents the sixth best all-time percentage. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31.5 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with one point added for use). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $928.00
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