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1925-1931 Lou Gehrig "250" Store-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Lou Gehrig H&B signature model bat, dating from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period, issued by the company for retail sale. This is a very unique Lou Gehrig store-model bat that is distinguished by the fact that it is a "250" model. The "250" models were the company's top-of-the line bats (as opposed to the standard "125" pro-model, or any number of lesser-quality retail grades) and this is the only "250" Gehrig store-model bat we or MEARS has ever seen. In fact, any and all H&B "250" models (pro model or otherwise) are quite rare. Because they were made from the highest-grade wood available, their cost was much greater than 125 models, thereby significantly limiting the demand from both professional and amateur ballplayers. Interestingly, while 250 model bats are generally not considered pro-model bats, in large part because these bats were available for sale to the public, it is a fact supported by early surviving factory records that some players, including Babe Ruth, did order 250 model bats. Even though this bat dates from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period, its year of issue can be narrowed to the seven-year span 1925-1931 due to the fact that 1925 was Gehrig's first full season in the Major Leagues. Gehrig's facsimile signature is boldly stamped along the barrel and the bat's length, "35," is stamped on the knob. The original purchaser of this bat must have been a strong lad, for the bat, which weighs 40.2 ounces, has been produced to the exact specifications of other known Lou Gehrig pro-model examples from the era. Significant use is apparent along its entire length including grain swelling, various surface marks, cleat marks, and a repaired 2-inch crack in the handle. The cost of pro-model Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth bats is normally well beyond the means of the average collector. For that reason, store-model examples represent a reasonably economical alternative for those who are either attempting to amass a substantial bat collection or who just want an attractive display piece for their home or office, and this Gehrig model is a particularly rare and exceptional example. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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