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1928-1930 Tony Lazzeri Pro-Model Bat - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $8,400
Tony Lazzeri H&B signature-model bat (pre-dating model numbers), dating from the 1928-1930 manufacturing period (defined by the design of the center brand and the absence of "Powerized" stamped to the right of the center brand). This is an outstanding Tony Lazzeri bat, particularly rare among Hall of Famer bats (this is the first we have ever offered) and of all the greater note for the narrow range of years (1928-1930) which correspond to tremendous seasons for Lazzeri. Graded GU7 by PSA/DNA. According to the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, the bat "exhibits evidence of outstanding use with a handle crack. Some checking (grain swelling) from repeated ball contact is visible on the back barrel and has been repaired with nails. Many ball marks and cleat impressions are visible on the right and left barrel. The handle has been taped to secure the crack. The handle tape is not player related." Lazzeri joined the Yankees in 1926 and for the next twelve years he remained a fixture at second base for the "Bronx Bombers." Always in the shadow of larger-than-life legends such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and best remembered as one of the key members of 1927's "Murderers' Row" Yankees lineup, the soft-spoken Lazzeri always carried a "big stick" to the plate. "Poosh 'Em Up Tony" drove in over 100 runs on eight separate occasions (no small feat when one considers that for his first nine years he was batting behind Ruth and Gehrig) and he finished his career with a .292 average. Highly regarded in the field as well, Lazzeri helped lead the Yankees to six pennants and five World Championships during his twelve-year tenure with the club. Lazzeri recorded the two highest batting averages of his career during the three-year span 1928-1930, batting .332 in 1928 and .354 in 1929. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36.1 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $8,400
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