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1949 Enos Slaughter Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $823
Addendum: The following clarification/addendum has been provided by MEARS in response to discussions with collectors about the precise dating of this bat. Since the specifications of the bats ordered on 6/17/49 are nearly identical to those of the offered bat, it is possible that this bat was manufactured and shipped after Louisville had transitioned to the new center brand and dates from 1949, but to date, there are no documented examples of start/stop date of the 1949/50 transition dating. It is also possible, although not supported by documentation or factory records, that this bat may have been ordered by the team (Cardinals, Athletics, and/or Braves) during the 1950-60 label period as an index bat.
Enos Slaughter H&B signature model "H14." Graded A7 by MEARS; only one graded at this level, with two graded higher. This bat most likely dates from precisely the 1949 season. The center brand on this bat dates from the 1950-1960 manufacturing period; however, Slaughter's last order of ‘H14’ model bats occurred on 6/17/49 (the order was for twelve bats, all of which measured 35 inches and weighed 32 ounces). As MEARS notes in detail in its accompanying LOA, since the specifications of the bats ordered on 6/17/49 are nearly identical to those of the offered bat, it is likely that this bat was manufactured and shipped immediately after Louisville had transitioned to the new center brand and dates from exactly 1949. The bat displays moderate use including deeply embedded ball marks, rack marks, and cleat marks. Slaughter has signed the bat in black Sharpie (grading ‘10’) on the ‘sweet spot’ of the barrel. "Country" Slaughter batted a career-high .336 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949 and was also the League leader in triples, with thirteen. Although best known today for his "Mad Dash" in the 1946 World Series that helped St. Louis defeat Boston, Slaughter was an accomplished hitter and finished his nineteen-year career with a .300 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 32.1 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 2 points for use). This is just one of three Enos Slaughter pro-model bats listed in the MEARS census. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $823
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