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1933 Paul Waner Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,225
Paul Waner H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) produced during the 1933 season. This bat can be definitively dated precisely to the 1933 season due to the presence of the barrel stamping "Powerized" and Oil Tempered," which was only used on H&B bats during that one year. Graded GU7 by PSA/DNA. Moderate use is displayed in the form of ball marks on the right side and back of the barrel, and cleat marks. The bat has been lightly refinished to enhance the original patina. Paul, nicknamed "Big Poison," was the older and harder-hitting brother of Lloyd Waner ("Little Poison"), both of whom terrorized National League pitchers as members of the Pittsburgh Pirates for nearly two decades beginning in 1926. Paul Waner batted over .300 on fourteen separate occasions and won three batting titles over the course of his twenty-year career. He retired in 1945 with a lifetime average of .333 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. Waner batted .309 with 7 home runs and 70 RBI in 1933. He also joined his brother that season as an inaugural participant in baseball's first All-Star Game held at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Paul Waner pro-model bats are rare and this example, which is especially desirable due to its date-specific stamping, is the first example we have ever offered. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $8,225
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