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1974 Pete Rose Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,880
This Pete Rose H&B signature model "R190" bat dates from the 1973-1975 labeling period; however, factory records can precisely date its year of manufacture to 1974. H&B factory records show that the Rose placed only a single order for model "R190" bats between the years 1973 and 1975. That order, which was for six 34.5-inch, 34-ounce bats, occurred on May 19, 1974. This is a particularly outstanding Rose bat and one of the few that can be dated to a specific year. The bat is not cracked and displays moderate use, including ball marks and cleat marks. Rose's uniform number ("14") is written in vintage black marker on both the knob and top end of the barrel. Two tiny mounting holes are also present on the knob only. Rose tallied 185 of his eventual record 4,256 hits in 1974 while leading the League in both runs (110) and doubles (45). He finished the year with 3 home runs, 51 RBI and a .284 average. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. Grade A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 2 points for use, 1 point for the uniform number on the knob and barrel end, and a half point for the pinpointed factory records, but minus a half point for the two mounting holes). This is one of only three Pete Rose bats dating from the 1973-1975 labeling period listed in the MEARS census and it stands as by far the highest-grade example (the others are graded A5 and A4, respectively). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880
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