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1950-1960 Joe DiMaggio Pro-Model Team-Index Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00
Joe DiMaggio H&B signature model "D29" team-index bat dating from the 1950 to 1960 manufacturing period. This bat likely dates from precisely 1950 or 1951, as 1951 was DiMaggio's last season. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball, stitch, and cleat marks, as well as a 7-inch "H" crack in the handle. This bat measures 34 inches in length and weighs 33 ounces. According to the available H&B shipping records, Joe DiMaggio never personally ordered a 34-inch bat. In the 1950s Major League clubs routinely ordered a small quantity of bats each season, normally for use by the players during spring training. These bats are known as "team-index" bats. This is one of those bats. The fact that this bat was ordered by the team, and not DiMaggio himself, in no way precludes the possibility that he used it. Actually, knowing DiMaggio's penurious ways, it would probably be surprising if he didn't accept the gift of a free bat, even if it wasn't his normally preferred length. Collectors make a distinction in value between team-ordered bats and special player-ordered bats, but this practice has evolved from the early 1950s to modern times as the norm. Today all player bats are ordered by the team rather than personally by the player. One of the reasons team-index bats sell for such a significant discount is that in the past some auctions have sold these bats without making this distinction and disclosure, leaving buyers feeling cheated when selling these bats years later. A strong case can be made that these bats, at price levels more modest than that of examples that can be shown by factory records to have been personally ordered by the player, represent one of the best values in all of bat collecting. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use,with 1 point subtracted for the non-recorded length and another half point subtracted for the crack). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,645.00
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