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1933-1934 Stan Hack Pro-Model Bat with Fascinating Possible Attribution to Hall of Famer Billy Herman Supported By H&B Records- PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Offered here is a 1930s Stan Hack pro-model bat that, according to PSA/DNA, may very well have been used by Hall of Fame second baseman Billy Herman. The H&B signature model (predating model numbers) dates from the 1933 to 1934 manufacturing period (based upon the style of center brand), and it is that precise dating that allows for its attribution to Billy Herman. As noted in the accompanying PSA/DNA LOA, the bat "exhibits evidence of outstanding use with a crack in the handle that has been repaired with nails and a chip on the knob. Some checking (grain swelling) from repeated ball contact is visible on the back barrel. Many ball marks are visible on the right, left and back barrel. Cleat marks can be seen on the back barrel. The handle had been taped in a spiral pattern with tape rings, but the tape has been removed and shadows of the tape application are still visible." That application of tape is one of the key characteristics which helps attribute the bat to Billy Herman. Also, the H&B order records show that Billy Herman personally ordered Stan Hack pro-model bats during the referenced labeling period. PSA/DNA directly addresses both points in its "Comments" section:
Stan Hack and Billy Herman were teammates on the 1933/34 Chicago Cubs. Both players used the same model bat and we have seen this tape application on bats of Billy Herman. We have also seen a photo of Stan Hack at the plate with tape on the handle (see attached). The photo appears to convey a tape ring on the upper handle. The mid and lower handle cannot be seen. Therefore, it's our opinion the subject bat could possibly have been used by Billy Herman. We should also add that a spiral application topped with two rings is not common. Additionally we have a single Stan Hack bat in our PSA/DNA database (see attached) and that bat was used by Billy Herman. Referring to Herman's Professional Bat Ordering Records (PBOR) on file at the Louisville Slugger Museum and of which we have copies, we see that Herman was ordering Stan Hack's 7-16-31 model bat from March 2nd, 1933 through May 28th, 1934. After a thorough examination of this Stan Hack professional model bat and its player use characteristics, it is our opinion the bat is authentic and was used by Stan Hack and/or Billy Herman during the referenced labeling period.
What is interesting is that both Billy Herman and Stan Hack were nearly equals at the plate during their respective careers and the numbers bear that out. Herman played fifteen seasons and ended his career with a .304 average, 47 home runs, and 849 RBI. Hack played sixteen seasons and finished with a .301 average, 57 home runs, and 642 RBI. Herman was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 34.6 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720
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