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Circa 1961 Roger Maris Signed Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,763
Adirondack pro-model "218C" bat inscribed by Roger Maris on the barrel. Maris' inscription, penned in blue steel-tipped fountain pen, is situated on the "sweet spot" of the barrel and reads "To George Hutter - Good Luck - Roger Maris." Both the text and Maris' signature grade "8" overall and contrast extremely well against the light background of the wood. The date "9/26/61," penned in a different ink, appears below the inscription. While we will never know for certain if Maris did indeed sign the bat on that very day, the significance of the date is surely not lost on collectors. On September 26, 1961, Maris tied Babe Ruth's long-standing single-season home run record by hitting his sixtieth home run of the year off of Baltimore's Jack Fisher at Yankee Stadium. All Maris signed bats are extremely rare. The bat, which dates to the 1961-1967 manufacturing period, is somewhat unusual in that it features no barrel stampings; in any case, it is highly improbable that this is a Maris game-used bat since he is known to have used H&B bats exclusively throughout his career. We have seen very few pro-model bats signed by Maris during his active playing career, making this an especially desirable and, because of the personalized inscription and listed date, an all the more intriguing example. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.4 ounces. The bat displays moderate use, including a number of light surface marks throughout, and the area of Maris' inscription and signature has been coated with a thin layer of protective shellac. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,763
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