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1926-1934 Paul Waner Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,040
Paul Waner Spalding model "No. 200" bat (Player's Autograph series) dating from the 1926-1934 manufacturing period. The bat features the name "Paul Waner" stamped on the barrel in script letters. The stamped notation "Hand Turned," which is the key feature of all Spalding pro-model bats manufactured between the years 1926 and 1934, appears above the famous "Ball & Diamond" center brand. Two small diamonds appear to the left and right of the center brand. The one on the left features the stamped notation ("No. 200"), while the one on the right bears the stamped notation "Oil Temp." Significant use is displayed along its entire length, including heavy deadwood on each side of the barrel, twelve small nails in repair of the deadwood on the reverse of the barrel, an approximate four-inch thin sliver of wood missing from the back of the barrel, a ten-inch long wrap of vintage black tape in repair of a crack (undetermined length), and a two chips in the knob. Paul, nicknamed "Big Poison," was the older and harder-hitting brother of Lloyd Waner ("Little Poison"), both of whom terrorized National League pitchers as members of the Pittsburgh Pirates for nearly two decades beginning in 1926. Paul Waner batted over .300 on fourteen separate occasions and won three batting titles over the course of his twenty-year career. He retired in 1945 with a lifetime average of .333 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. Paul Waner pro-model bats are scarce and this is just the second example we have ever offered. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 35.3. Graded A3 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, with 2 points deducted for the handle crack and nails, another 2 points deducted for the deadwood, and a final point deducted for the sliver of missing wood on the barrel and the knob chips). LOA from Troy Kinunen and Dave Busing/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,040
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