MEARS March Auction #101, Ends April 1st, 2017 at 10:00 PM CST W/ 30-Minute Per Lot Rule In Effect
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/2/2017
Babe Ruth will always remain the king of collectables. In the past several years, the finest of Babe Ruth game used bats have sold for $388,378 and $533,750. Make no mistake, both were true hobby gems and posted unquestionable provenance.
In the world of game used bats, factory records, documented length, and documented weight are the corner stones of bat authentication. Although this lot is absent of side writing, vault marks, or an autograph, it does boast the basic building blocks of a quality game used Babe Ruth bat.
Examination of the center brand determines the bat was produced at the Louisville Slugger factory between the years of 1923-30. Branded into the barrel is the 2nd version of the George “Babe” facsimile signature. The model is consistent with the examples favored by Ruth during the era.
Measuring 35” and weighing a desirable 38 ounces in weight, this model is consistent with Babe Ruth H&B personal bat records for the era. Regarding length, during the years 1923-30, Ruth requested bats in the following lengths:
non specified, n/s
Other 35” Babe Ruth bats examined by MEARS from the 1921-30 era include:
MEARS #251872, 35”
MEARS #281872, 35”
Therefore, this bat falls within the documented length range of bats requested by Ruth during the 1923-30 era.
The records indicated that during the years of 1923-30, Ruth requested bats to weight 36 to 42 ounces. Records indicate that on 11 occasions Ruth requested bats to be sent weighing 36 or 38 ounces. This bat falls within the documented weight range for Ruth ordered bats from the era.
For the sake of full disclosure, the bat has been professionally restored in the area of the handle and barrel. Even with conservation and restoration, the original game use is still visible upon inspection. As noted above, the ball, stitch, and cleat marks are still present in the area directly above the barrel stamping.
Aesthetically, the bat still displays in remarkable condition. The most important trait, the George “Babe” Ruth barrel stampings displays near mint as the factory applied it with conviction. PSA/DNA has reviewed the bat and noted it as a "pro stock bat."
Final Grade (MEARS A7): A base grade of 5 points was assigned for bat matching factory records. 3 points were assigned for bat exhibiting heavy game use. Minus 1 for restoration of barrel.
With its mid 1920s dating, factory recorded length, weight, and model, and display ability, collectors will be proud to add this bat to their collection. (01C0273)
LOA Troy Kinunen / MEARS
1923-31 Babe Ruth New York Yankees H&B Louisville Slugger Professonal Model Bat (MEARS A7)
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