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    1940's Hank Greenberg Signed Bat. Our records show not a single example of a Hank Greenberg signed bat having sold in a major auction in the past eight years, so collectors should rightly assume that the wait for another will likely be a long one. This example is particularly special, as it dates to the height of the Hall of Fame slugger's fame as he anchored the powerful Detroit Tigers batting order. This fact is assured by the autograph of fellow Tiger Dick Wakefield, who shared a dugout with Greenberg from 1945 through 1947, on the back of the barrel. Greenberg's signature appears between the words "Genuine" and "Louisville Slugger" on the barrel front, applied in black fountain pen ink over the spot where a facsimile signature had been sanded flat. The result is a convincing replica of a Greenberg signature model gamer, but we can assure you that the signature of this Jewish hero is hand applied. Both Greenberg's and Wakefield's autographs rate 9/10 in strength. The bat itself appears to be a genuine professional game used bat of some sort, but its original namesake is lost to history. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.

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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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