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Lot # 783 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961-1967 Hank Aaron Signed Pro-Model Bat

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25

Hank Aaron Adirondack block-letter (last name only) model "63A" bat dating from the 1961-1967 manufacturing period. That seven-year period was a highly productive one for Aaron, as he averaged 37 home runs and 114 RBI over that span. This bat shows clear evidence of that prolific output, including numerous ball marks (mainly beneath the barrel stamping), deeply embedded stitch marks, deadwood on the side of the barrel, cleat marks, and an approximate nine-inch crack along the back of the barrel. Aaron's uniform number ("44") is written on the knob in faded black marker. Aaron has also signed the bat in black marker ("9/10") on the sweet spot. This is a rare and ideal Hank Aaron game bat dating from the peak of his powers (1961-1967), a seven-year span during which time he had three forty-plus home run seasons, five seasons with more than 100 RBI, and six seasons with a batting average greater than .300. Length: 35.25 inches. Weight: 33.4 ounces. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use and 1 point for the uniform number on the knob, but minus a half point for the barrel crack). This is one of only six 1961-1967 Hank Aaron Adirondack bats listed in the MEARS census, with no others graded at this level and none graded higher. 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 and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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