MEARS Auction #132, Ends Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 10:00 PM CST W/30-Minute Rule In Effect
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/7/2019

Offered is a professional model H&B Louisville Slugger dating to Babe Ruth's tenure with the New York Yankees circa 1922-1930 era. Per the PSA centerbrand dating, they narrow the range to 1922-1924, while MEARS utilizes a more broad dating range.

Bat currently measures 35", weighs 35 ounces and shows heavy use (special note to the use of the left side of the barrel, a Ruth trait, which was mentioned by both MEARS and Taube) with ball marks, cleat marks, professionally repaired deadwood on the reverse of the barrel & a professionally repaired handle crack (-1 cumulative).

Both MEARS and PSA/DNA were in agreement with the heavy game use and noted in their respective LOA’s: “predominantly heavy use on the left barrel noted” by Kinunen and the evaluation by John Taube of PSA states: “displays characteristics that we have recorded on documented Babe Ruth bats. Most notably is the primary contact area on the left barrel. Ruth’s label down swing is well documented in period photography as are cleat marks on the left and right side of the barrel.”

With respect to 35” length, Taube notes, “we have to consider the subject bat could be a professional model, possible team order”. MEARS notes there are but a few mention of 1920s Ruth bat lengths in known H&B records, and a bat measuring 35” is an acceptable length to be considered a professional model bat. An authenticated Babe Ruth bat (1B15120) by PSA/DNA (Taube) receiving the highest grade of PSA GU 10, measured at 35.25”, and thus supports 35” as being a length acceptable for consideration by Babe Ruth as a professional model bat.

Final Grade PSA Authentic MEARS A7.5

PSA/DNA hologram/LOA 1B14369. (32H0128)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $14,324
Number Bids: 29
Auction closed on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
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