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1958 Elston Howard All-Star Game Pro-Model Bat - Highest Graded Example
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00
Rare H&B signature model "K55" bat specially produced for and issued to New York Yankees catcher Elston Howard for use in the 1958 All-Star Game held at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. This is one of only three Elston Howard pro-model bats listed in the MEARS population report and the only one graded at this level. All-Star bats, like World Series bats, are favorites with collectors both because each is specifically made for use in a special game, and because each can be dated to a very specific year. The bat is stamped "All Star Game" and "Baltimore 1958" in block letters above and below (respectively) Howard's facsimile signature on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain deep and well defined. The bat displays heavy use, primarily along the barrel, including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, and cleat marks. Howard did not appear in the 1958 All-Star Game; therefore, any use displayed on the bat had to have occurred later during the regular season. Elston Howard enjoyed a particularly fine season in 1958, batting a career-high .314 with eleven home runs and sixty-six RBI to help lead the Yankees to their eighth pennant and sixth World Championship of the decade. Howard was a nine-time All-Star performer over the course of his fourteen-year career and he retired in 1968 with a .274 lifetime average. Length: 34.87 inches. Weight: 32.7 ounces. 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 $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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