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1939 Baseball Hall of Fame "Opening Day" Commemorative Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $6,000
Extremely rare souvenir bat manufactured by H&B, issued to commemorate the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12, 1939. Similar in appearance to H&B's World Series black bats, the bat is stamped "Cavalcade of Baseball-Cooperstown N.Y.-June 12, 1939" in gilt lettering along the barrel. The gold-painted 1939 Baseball Centennial logo appears between the barrel stamping and center-brand label. These bats were only presented to Hall of Fame officials and dignitaries attending the ceremonies on that day and were not available for purchase. For that reason, they are exceedingly rare. The opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the highlight of Major League Baseball's yearlong anniversary celebration. The festivities that day, referred to as the "Cavalcade of Baseball," included not only the formal dedication of the building but also the induction of the first twenty-six members of the Hall of Fame and an exhibition game between teams made up of Major League stars. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 35.5 ounces. Excellent to Mint condition. This is only the third example of this rare relic we have ever offered. It first appeared as Lot 852 in REA's April 2006 auction where it realized $1,972. It has been consigned to this auction directly by the original purchaser. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $6,000
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