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1965-1968 Pete Rose Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $2,666
Pete Rose H&B signature-model ("S2") bat dating from the 1965-1968 manufacturing period. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, green bat-rack marks, pine tar, and a handle crack of indeterminate length (the crack has been covered by an 8.25-inch long wrap of black tape). The bat's original factory weight "35 1/2" (ounces) is written on the knob in pencil. Rose has signed the bat in blue marker (grading "9") directly below the barrel stamping. This is an early Pete Rose pro-model bat, with its period of manufacture coinciding precisely with Rose's emergence as one of baseball's greatest hitters. Rose debuted with the Reds in 1963, but it wasn't until 1965 that his legacy truly began. After posting averages of .273 and .269, respectively, in 1963 and 1964, Rose posted his first of nine consecutive .300 seasons in 1965. During the four-year period 1965-1968, Rose led the National League in hits twice (1965 and 1968) and totaled 200 or more hits in a season three times. He also captured his first of an eventual three batting titles in 1968 (.335). Length: 36 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. Early Pete Rose pro-model bats dating from the mid-to-late 1960s are very scarce (almost all Pete Rose bats date from the 1970s or later) and this is an exceptional example. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA.. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,666
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