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    1971 Johnny Bench All-Star Game Bat, PSA Authentic. A fire destroyed the Hall of Fame catcher's house in the offseason following the 1981 season, but this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby B278 somehow managed to survive the conflagration with little more than smoke damage. The cleaning process has removed any signs of game use, resulting in the absence of a numerical grade from PSA/DNA, but we choose to see this as a glass half-full, as the issue even more firmly assures the player provenance.

    Bench was the starting catcher for the National League in this Tiger Stadium contest, opening the scoring for the day with a two-run shot in the top of the second inning against 1970 American League Cy Young and MVP Award winner Vida Blue. The bat that likely launched that long ball measures thirty-five and a half inches (35.5") in length and weight thirty-two ounces (32 oz.). Handle is darkened by the house blaze, but otherwise the bat presents without any distractions. LOA from PSA/DNA, Authentic.

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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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