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Exceptional 1921-1931 Babe Ruth Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $15,275.00

Much of the allure in holding a pro model bat is the unique association it offers the collector with the respective player. When one handles a Babe Ruth pro model bat that association takes on even greater importance due to his stature not only in the game of baseball, but within American culture as well. As one handles the bat and, inevitably, takes a swing, something magical happens. At that moment one can, if only for a few seconds, truly imagine what it must have been like to be the greatest player in the history of the game and the idol of millions. Offered here is an opportunity to revisit such past glories and diamond heroics in the form of a Babe Ruth pro model bat. Dating from the 1921-1931 labeling period, the H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) features the name "George 'Babe' Ruth" stamped on the barrel in scripted letters. Significant use is displayed throughout its entire length in the form of grain swelling, surface marks, cleat marks, and an eight-inch "H" crack in the handle. The bat displays grain separation through the center brand that extends to the area above the barrel stamping. A portion of the center brand stamping is somewhat light and affected by both the wear to the bat and the grain separation; however, Ruth's stamped facsimile signature remains bold and distinct. A Ruth bat is an item that captures the imagination of not just bat collectors, but general collectors and noncollectors as well. Babe Ruth professional model bats have long been akin to a blue chip stock within the hobby and the demand for them will always exceed the limited supply. For that reason a Babe Ruth bat can find a worthy home in many types of collections, and for most collectors it represents the highlight of their collection. This is an ideal Ruth bat with reference to specifications, which is very significant. This bat has been downgraded by MEARS due to condition problems that are natural to bats (grain separation and handle crack). To us, these are the most ideal reasons for a Ruth bat to be downgraded, and is a world of difference from a Ruth bat which has been downgraded for other reasons. In fact, grading points on this bat could actually be added if it were professionally repaired (a common and accepted practice in the bat collecting world). The fact that this bat has points deducted and is therefore not a perfect A8 graded bat will make this bat far more affordable than a higher-graded example, as it should, but it is important to understand exactly why and how a given bat has been graded, information we provide with every bat description. In this case, the bat is actually better than a glance at the grade might suggest, and it represents a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding Ruth game bat without spending six figures. There's a lot to be said for this bat. There is also a lot to be said for value. When it comes to cards, we often note the exceptional value represented by Vg-Ex examples of important rarities, as opposed to the far higher prices commanded by the same cards in Near Mint to Mint condition. This Ruth bat is analogous to those Vg-Ex cards; though examples with the exceptional positive qualities of this model, downgraded for the ideal use-related reasons for which this model has been downgraded, are far less frequently offered than Vg-Ex examples of most card rarities. It might be impossible to have a better 1921-1931 Ruth bat for the assigned grade of A6. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use, with 1.5 points deducted for the grain separation and a half point deducted for the crack). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275.00

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