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1961 Elston Howard Signed Pro Model Bat (Used in 1961 World Series)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Offered is an H&B signature model K55 bat that, according to the period notation printed on the barrel, was used by Elston Howard in the 1961 World Series. The notation, neatly printed in faint blue ink directly under the center brand, reads "Broken by Elston Howard in World Series 1961-Cincinnati and Yankees-Given to me by Elston-Dec. 16 1961." That statement is supported by the fact that this bat was indeed given as a gift by Howard, as indicated by Elston Howard's blue-ink inscription on the barrel. There, Howard has personally inscribed the bat "To George [last name too faint to read]-Good Luck from Elston Howard." Though the inscription is light, Howard's signature is perfectly legible and grades "3/4." The bat itself dates from the 1961-64 manufacturing period and features Howard's uniform number ("32") written on the knob in vintage black marker. Factory records indicate that shipments of this particular model bat (matching these precise specifications) were sent to Howard on more than one occasion in 1961. Moderate use is displayed throughout including a nine-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired with two small nails. All of the manufacturer's stampings are deep and distinct, and both the printed notation and Howard's inscription have been coated with a layer of protective shellac. Graded A9 by MEARS (this bat would have graded A10, but has had one point deducted for the crack). 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/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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