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    1957 Hank Aaron All-Star Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. The record books will be rewritten by the time bidding ends on this extraordinary artifact, the most significant Aaron gamer ever to appear upon the hobby's auction block. While more noteworthy examples may exist in public institutions, like the bat he used to break Ruth's career home run record, none in the private sector could provide such a lengthy list of superlatives as the one affixed here.

    Clearly it goes without saying that any lumber from the arsenal of the once (and many would say, legitimate) Home Run King is immediately worthy of great esteem. And special event bats (All-Star Game and World Series) have likewise always held a position above the standard fare.

    But this 1957 All-Star bat found both its owner and the team he represented at the absolute pinnacle of their joint and respective brilliance. Hammerin' Hank would end the season as World Series Champion, the Most Valuable Player of the National League and, for the first time, the single season home run champion.

    Though Stan Musial's scorching .351 batting average for the 1957 season would prove twenty-nine points better than Aaron's, the other two jewels of the Triple Crown belonged to this iconic slugger--forty-four home runs and a career-high 132 runs batted in. Aaron would also top the Senior Circuit in runs scored (118) and total bases (369).

    Aaron would go one-for-four in the St. Louis All-Star Game where this bat first saw action, but the heavy use confirms that he would follow the standard practice of repurposing his All-Star lumber for regular season use, coating the barrel with ball marks and stitch impressions. Remarkably, the handle of the signature model Hillerich & Bradsby A93 remains uncracked. A water stain at top of the barrel is no distraction, and is mentioned only in the interest of full disclosure.

    Length and weight of thirty-five inches (35") and just under thirty-three ounces (32.7 oz.) are consistent with the July 5, 1957 factory order, just four days before the Midsummer Classic. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).


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    December, 2017
    10th Sunday
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