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1971-1979 Pete Rose Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $812.00
This Adirondack block-letter (full name) model 69A bat displays heavy use including very light grain separation along both sides of the barrel (as expected from a switch hitter) and pine tar on the handle. The red-ringed bat is not cracked and also features Rose's uniform number ("14") written on the knob in vintage black marker. Rose has signed the bat twice, once in faded, vintage black marker ("5") below the barrel stamping and again in blue Sharpie ("9") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. To the latter signature Rose has also added the printed notation "Hit King/4256." Heavy wear is displayed along the bat's entire length including flaking to finish and black foil stampings. Pete Rose was in his prime during the years 1971-79, leading the League in hits on three separate occasions and winning one batting title. The heart and soul of baseball's legendary "Big Red Machine," Rose helped lead the Reds to consecutive World Championships in 1975-76. Today, his lifetime total of 4,256 hits stands as one of baseball's greatest individual achievements. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 3 points added for use, a half-point added for the number on the knob, and a combined deduction of 1.5 points for the flacking to the finish and stampings). 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 $812.00
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