19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 16,250
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
JOHNNY BENCH PROFESSIONAL MODEL BAT
An un-cracked, Hillerich & Bradsby, Model number B278C bat with a cupped end, dating from the 1973-75 labeling period with the signature Johnny Bench emblazoned upon the barrel. Exhibits heavy use with checking on the left barrel, ball marks and stitch impressions on the left and back barrel, red bat rack streaks and a heavy coat of pine tar on the handle. The model number B278C is stamped into the knob, and the number 5 is written on the knob and top of the barrel in black marker. Signed Johnny Bench with the added inscription HOF 89 in black marker. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench (1947- ) played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967-1983, during the labeling period of the offered bat. Authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA GU 10.
35 1/4 in.
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