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1926-1934 Pie Traynor Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,993.75
Pie Traynor bat originating from the family of Pie Traynor and accompanied by a letter from Matt McNaul, Traynor's grandson, which reads that "this bat used by Pie Traynor was given to me upon the death of my grandfather." This Spalding model "No. 200" bat (Player's Autograph series) features the name "Harold 'Pie' Traynor" stamped on the barrel in script letters. The stamped notation "Hand Turned," which is the key feature of all Spalding pro model bats manufactured between the years 1926 and 1934, appears above the famous "Ball & Diamond" center brand. The bat displays significant use including grain swelling, cleat marks, deadwood on the reverse of the barrel (that includes light chipping and flaking) and minor erosion along the top end of the barrel (affecting approximately forty-five percent of the surface area). A crack in the handle (seven inches of the crack remain visible) has been repaired with nails and was then subsequently covered by a six-inch wrap of vintage black tape. A slight chip is evident in the knob. Pie Traynor was considered the finest fielding third baseman of his era. Unfortunately, his reputation in the field often overshadowed his outstanding hitting ability. Traynor batted over .300 on ten separate occasions, including a career high .366 in 1930, and retired in 1937 with a .320 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948. Length: 33.75 inches. Weight: 36.1 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade with 2 points added for provenance, and 3 points added for use, and 3 points deducted, combined, for the flaking/chipping on the reverse of the barrel, the "rough" barrel end, and the handle crack). To date, this is only the second Pie Traynor bat ever graded by MEARS and, despite its minor cosmetic flaws, it remains the highest-graded example in the MEARS census. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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