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1921-1931 Hack Wilson Pro-Model Bat - Only H&B Model Graded by MEARS
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
Hack Wilson H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period. Hack Wilson pro-model bats are exceedingly rare: this example is one of only three listed in the MEARS census and, most important, the only H&B model ever graded by the company. The bat displays significant use along its entire length, including ball marks, cleat marks, and a professionally repaired six-inch crack in the handle. There is a small 1.5-inch vertical gouge on the sweet spot of the barrel as well as a smaller gouge affecting Wilson's stamped facsimile signature. The degree of use on this bat is not surprising, as it dates from the most prolific period of Wilson's career. During the mid to late 1920s Wilson was one of the most feared sluggers in the game. From 1926 through 1930 Wilson averaged 35.4 home runs and 141.5 RBI per season, including a Major League record 190 RBI in 1930. Unlike most power hitters, Wilson could also hit for average, and he finished his twelve-year career with a .307 lifetime batting mark. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35.3 ounces. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, but 1.5 points subtracted, combined, for the two gouges in the barrel). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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