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1950-1953 Warren Spahn Pro-Model Bat

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938

Rare Warren Spahn H&B block-letter model "H117" bat (last name only) dating from between the years 1950 and 1953. Graded A8 by MEARS. Pitchers' bats in general tend to be rare, and Spahn in particular has long been recognized as one of the rarest. This is currently the only Warren Spahn pro-model bat listed in the MEARS census and, as such, it represents the highest-graded example. Although the center brand dates from the 1950-1960 manufacturing period, it can be more narrowly defined to the years 1950 through 1953 based upon the H&B factory records. Spahn first ordered model “H117” bats on 5/9/50 and he continued to order them for the next four years, with the final order occurring on 2/2/53. During that period, a total of twenty-two bats matching the specifications of the offered bat were shipped to Spahn. The bat displays heavy use on all sides of the barrel including deeply embedded ball and stitch marks. Warren Spahn was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. His 363 wins place him sixth on the all-time list and are the most by any left-handed pitcher. Spahn won twenty or more games on twelve separate occasions and led the National League in wins eight times. A former Cy Young Award winner (the award was first issued in 1956, twelve years after his career began) and fourteen-time All-Star, Spahn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use). This is an exceedingly rare and desirable pro-model bat and one that is most likely missing from many of even the most advanced Hall of Fame bat collections. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,938

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