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1951-1957 Gil Hodges Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,896
Gil Hodges Adirondack signature-model (113A) bat dating from the 1951-1957 labeling period. The bat, which is not cracked, displays evidence of heavy use along its entire length, including slight checking (grain swelling, which occurs due to repeated ball contact) on the back of the barrel, numerous ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, green bat-rack marks, and light application of pine tar on the handle. Hodges has inscribed the bat "Leonard Thomas/Best Wishes/Gil Hodges" in vintage blue ink on the sweet spot of the barrel (the signature and inscription are both well executed, grading "7," but contrast poorly against the dark background). This bat dates directly from Hodges' glory days with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers captured four pennants and one World Championship between the years 1951 and 1957, largely in part to Hodges' prolific output. Hodges hit 231 home runs and drove in 744 runs during that seven-year period, including career-high marks of 42 home runs and 130 RBI in 1954. Hodges pro-model bats have always been in high demand, with autographed examples especially coveted by collectors. This is an outstanding Hodges pro-model bat in all respects and one that would be worthy of any advanced Brooklyn Dodgers or pro-model bat collection. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.4 ounces. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,896
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