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George "High Pockets" Kelly 1929-1930 Signed Game-Used Bat - PSA/DNA GU 8.5

Lot Number 467

Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/26/2012 12:00:00 
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Lauded for his airtight defense and clutch hitting, Hall of Famer George “High Pockets” Kelly drew praise and superlatives from legends such as Frankie Frisch, Waite Hoyt and John McGraw, with the latter claiming there was no player he’d rather have batting in a big situation. Wielded and autographed by Kelly during the latter portion of his career, this Hillerich and Bradsby baseball bat is among the fewest and finest examples. Graded GU 8.5 by John Taube, PSA/DNA, the (39.8-oz/36”) hickory signature model war club was turned during the 1929-1930 labeling period to coincide with Kelly’s final two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, the weapon exhibits evidence of excellent game use with ball and stitch impressions throughout the barrel, as well as ink transfers from ONL balls. The center brand and barrel stampings are among the most pronounced you will ever behold (a decidedly impressive trait given the age of the bat). Adding to the aesthetic appeal is the rich brown patina and lathe marks on the knob and barrel ending. A hairline crack on the handle represents the bat’s demise. Just above the barrel stampings, Kelly’s signature has been executed in black fiber tip. The penning has faded over time and sustains (“3”) strength and clarity. Mirroring the sentiments regarding Kelly’s playing career, this bat meets with high assessment from both PSA/DNA (full photo LOA for bat) and JSA (full photo LOA for autograph).

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