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1959 Early Wynn Signed Pro-Model World Series Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410
Extremely rare Early Wynn pro-model bat specially produced and issued to the Hall of Fame pitcher for use during the 1959 World Series. The H&B block-letter model "O16" bat is stamped "World Series 1959" and "Chicago White Sox" in block letters above and below (respectively) Wynn's name (last name only) on the barrel. The fact that Wynn's name appears in block letters (as opposed to his facsimile signature) indicates that he did not have a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby at the time. A few of the barrel stampings are light, but all are distinctly legible. Wynn has signed the bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. The bat is not cracked and, with the exception of a few light surface marks, displays little-to-no use. The lack of use is understandable, given the fact that Wynn managed only one hit in five at bats during the Series. Wynn was the mound ace for the famed "Go-Go Sox" in 1959, finishing the season with a team-high twenty-two wins (against only ten losses) and a 3.16 ERA. Unfortunately, Wynn did not fare as well in the Series. After blanking the Dodgers 11-0 in Game 1, Wynn did not make it past the fourth inning in either of his next two starts. Los Angeles went on to defeat Chicago in six games. World Series bats have long been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each player) and inherent provenance. Those used by Hall of Fame players are especially desirable. This is an exceptional example dating from Wynn's final appearance in a World Series. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta/PSA DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,410
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