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    A Splendid Splinter indeed

    1955-58 Ted Williams Game Used & Period Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. Fellow Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski once noted, "They can talk about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial and all the rest, but I'm sure not one of them could hold cards and spades to Williams in his sheer knowledge of hitting. He studied hitting the way a broker studies the stock market and could spot at a glance mistakes that others couldn't see in a week." The Splendid Splinter's childhood wish that he would one day be called the greatest hitter that ever lived did indeed come to fruition, a fact which makes any lumber once blessed by his world class hands a genuine treasure of our National Pastime.

    The presented signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W183 was Williams' preferred model throughout the final six years of his career, the "W" in the model tag referring to his own last name. The length is an even thirty-five inches. The current weight is just under thirty-three ounces, a perfect match to factory ordering records. Ball marks coat the barrel, with the abuse causing some separation of the wood grain, suggesting a long and fruitful partnership. A very faint remnants of a number "9" appear on the knob.

    PSA/DNA expert John Taube reports that the subject bat was originally autographed by several members of the Boston Red Sox team, but they have been professionally removed, an undertaking that is only apparent in the loss of a small patch of visible game use above the branded barrel signature. Only the most eagle-eyed collector could spot it. Left behind is a flawless period black ink signature from the bat's original owner, certainly the finest known among bats signed during The Kid's active duty. An absolutely magnificent representation of one of the hobby's most essential gamers. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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