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1951 All-Star Game Pitchers Pro Model Bat - Signed by Robin Roberts
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $928.00
When it comes to hitting, pitchers are a lot like Rodney Dangerfield - they get no respect. Take for instance H&B's decision with regard to the distribution of bats for the 1951 All-Star Game, held at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Normally, the company provided each participating player two specially produced bats for use during the game. That year, however, apparently in an effort to save both trees and money, H&B decided that instead of issuing the pitchers their own personal bats they would instead present the entire staff with a group bat to be shared by all. The company's thinking at the time was probably in the vein of "what's the difference... they're just pitchers. What do they need bats for anyway." Offered here is one of those specially produced "pitchers" bats issued during the 1951 Mid-Summer Classic. The block letter model K55 bat features the special stamping on the barrel denoting its time and place of issue: "All-Star Game/Pitchers/Detroit - 1951." Evidence of light use can be seen in the form of rack marks. The bat was later signed by Robin Roberts, who was the starting pitcher for the National League in that contest. The Hall of Fame great has beautifully inscribed the bat in black marker ("10") on the sweet spot of the barrel, "Robin Roberts/1951 All Star Game/Starting Pitcher." Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. This is a rare and unusual All-Star Game bat and the first such example we have ever seen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez, Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $928.00
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