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Brooks Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski Signed Pro Model Bats (2)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $940.00
Barry Halper was good friends with both Brooks Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski, and, as a result, Barry’s collection featured a multitude of items signed by the pair. Offered here are two pro model bats, signed, respectively, by each Hall of Famer. 1) 1969-72 Brooks Robinson H&B block-letter model “MC44” bat. Robinson has inscribed the bat in blue Sharpie (grading “9/10”) on the barrel: “Barry – My best to a good friend – Brooks Robinson.” The 34.37-inch, 33-ounce bat displays moderate use including ball and stitch marks, and an application of vintage white tape extending nine inches from the knob. Factory records indicate a shipment of both 34-inch and 35-inch model “MC44” bats to Robinson on 2/4/72. No 34.5 inch bats are listed in the shipping records; however, in their comments, MEARS makes note that it is very possible that there could be an error in the factory records, for the bat is otherwise a perfect factory record match in all respects. Graded A5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 2 points added for use and 2 points deducted for the unrecorded length). 2) 1973-75 Carl Yastrzemski H&B signature model “K48” team index bat. Yaz has inscribed the bat in blue Sharpie (grading “9/10”) on the barrel, “To my pal Barry – my personal regards – Carl Yastrzemski.” The bat features the number “6” stamped on the barrel, just to the right of the word “Powerized." In their comments, MEARS notes that the number “6” numerical stamping is usually found on equipment ordered by the Detroit Tigers. The 34.37-inch, 31.7-ounce bat displays significant use including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks, and a heavy amount of pine tar on the handle. Factory records fail to reveal any shipments of 34.5-inch, 32/33-ounce “K48” bats to Yastrzemski during the period 1972 through 1976, thus this bat was most likely a team-ordered bat. This is consistent with MEARS' note that the H&B shipping records document numerous index bats ordered by the Red Sox during the early to mid 1970s. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use). From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 bats. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $940.00
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