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1960-1963 Stan Musial Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,288
Stan Musial H&B block-letter ("Musial Model") model "M159" bat dating from the early 1960s. The bat features Musial's uniform number ("6") written on the knob in vintage green marker. Moderate use is evidenced by a number of clearly visible ball marks and numerous rack marks of various colors (red, green, black, and brown). Musial has inscribed the bat "Stan 'The Man' Musial" in black Sharpie (grading "10") directly below the barrel stamping. This bat is accompanied by a two-page LOA from Michael Montbriand written in 1992 for Richard Wolffers Auction (the letter can be viewed in its entirety on our website). Montbriand was one of the hobby's first recognized pro-model bat experts. In addition to authentication work, he wrote a regular column in the Sports Collector's Digest , titled "Gone Bats," which ran from 1990 to 1995. Today, much of the knowledge we have regarding pro-model bats derives from Montbriand's early work. According to Montbriand, the offered bat dates to the four-year period 1960-1963 (which corresponds to Musial's last four seasons in baseball) and both its length (34.5 inches) and weight (32 ounces) fall within the accepted specifications for Musial pro-model bats. Although past his prime, Musial still managed to put up more than respectable numbers during that four-year span, including a .330 average in 1962. One of the greatest hitters who ever lived and a seven-time batting champ, Musial retired in 1963 as the National League's all-time leader in hits with 3,630 (since broken) and finished his career with a .331 lifetime average. This is an outstanding Musial pro-model bat with the added visual appeal of having later been signed by "The Man." LOAs from Michael Montbriand and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,288
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