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Lot # 1262 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1989 Baseball Hall of Fame Limited-Edition Silver Bat (#21/50)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $830

In the mid-1980s, the Baseball Hall of Fame decided to issue a series of high-end collectibles that were intended for advanced, adult collectors. In keeping with the museum's demanding standards, many of the pieces were rendered in sterling silver and all exhibited a high degree of craftsmanship. Unfortunately, by the end of the decade, high production costs, especially due to the use of silver, coupled with a modest demand from collectors due to the necessary significant cost of most of these very high quality items, resulted in the discontinuation of nearly all of the Hall's specially produced sets. Today, most of those sets and limited-edition pieces are very rare and seldom seen offered for sale or auction. Presented here is what is generally considered the finest of the silver collectibles offered by the Hall of Fame: an incredibly rare limited-edition silver bat issued in commemoration of the Hall's 50th anniversary in 1989. The full-sized 34-inch silver bat, weighing twenty-seven ounces and created by Louisville Slugger, features both the company's engraved center brand and the Hall's 50th Anniversary logo on the barrel. This bat was limited to just fifty in number, and that fact is duly recorded on the barrel as well, which bears the engraved notation "National Baseball Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, N. Y. - 21 of 50." While we have not been able to confirm, we believe the original issue price of this bat in 1989 was somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,000. Aside from a few areas of light tarnishing and a small half-inch scratch on the side of the barrel, the bat is in Near Mint condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $830

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