It’s been a busy–and interesting–few days for Mastro Auctions. Now, the company has its sights set on its next major catalog sale.
A couple of Babe Ruth bats have again made their way into a Mastro Auctions sale as the company turns its attention toward a new Premier catalog sale later this month. DiMaggio and Mantle bats, historic football pieces, a mint graded T205 Frank Chance and even Bill Veeck’s 1959 T-Bird are also among the lots available when bidding begins August 11.
The auction concludes August 27 and 28.
Among the highlights according to the company:
Babe Ruth Circa 1924 H&B Game Used Bat – MEARS A-10, PSA 10
Hailing from the 1923-1925 labeling period, this 36-inch, 42-ounce war club features telling attributes that place it directly in Ruth’s capable hands. This particular bat has what Mastro Auctions considers to be perfect characteristics. Namely, a concentrated left barrel contact area and scored handle link this directly to the Sultan of Swat. Uncracked, the lumber shows evidence of outstanding game use. A plethora of ball and stitch impressions appear on the aforementioned left barrel. Visible, as well, is grain swelling (from repeated ball contact). Cleat marks appear on the right barrel and the handle has been scored (to enhance the grip) over an area of approximately 12″. A well-defined lathe mark (common for bats of the era) is visible on the knob, and the finish has aged to a warm caramel brown patina, giving the bat a beautiful luster. Finally, impeccable provenance accompanies in the form of a letter from the bat’s original recipient. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA. Minimum bid $10,000.
Joe DiMaggio 1951 H&B All-Star Game Used Bat – His 13th and Final All-Star Gamer – PSA 10, MEARS A-10
Joe DiMaggio used this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat for the 1951 All-Star game