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1912-1925 Miller Huggins Pro-Model Bat - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,800
Rare Miller Huggins Spalding "Autograph" model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1912-1925 manufacturing period. Graded GU 6 by PSA/DNA. The barrel stamping features the words "Spalding" and "Autograph" in block letters, between which is Huggins' facsimile signature. According to the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, the "Miller Huggins professional model bat is un-cracked and exhibits evidence of outstanding use with 25% of the knob missing. Many ball marks are visible on the right, left and back barrel. Also visible on the bat are several barrel abrasions." Huggins, nicknamed "The Mighty Mite" due to his diminutive stature (he was five feet six inches tall and weighed 140 pounds), was noted both for his fine defensive play and his baseball acumen. Possessing good speed and a knack for getting on base, he was also considered the ideal leadoff man; however, it was his managerial skill that eventually got him elected to the Hall of Fame. As the main architect of the Yankees fabled 1920s baseball dynasty Huggins won six pennants and three World Championships in his twelve seasons in pinstripes (1918-1929). Unfortunately, Huggins passed away prematurely in 1929 at the age of fifty. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Since the manufacturing period of this bat spans both Huggins' active playing career (1904-1916) and managerial career (1913-1929), it is impossible to more narrowly date its possible season or seasons of use. (Huggins was player/manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1913-1916.) We have only seen a few other Huggins pro-model bats at public auction over the years. The only similar example ever offered at REA, dating from the exact same era but grading 6.5, appeared as Lot 1464 in April 2013 and sold for $6,517. (The only other Huggins bat from any era REA has ever offered was an earlier 1905-1910 model, which realized $11,750 in 2010). Huggins bats are certainly among the rarest of those of all Hall of Fame players, and this is a magnificent example. Length: 30.75 inches. Weight: 39 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $1,800
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