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Description: Rare Bob Feller sidewritten Bill Knickerbocker professional model baseball bat c.1937-40. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat with Knickerbocker facsimile signature burned into the barrel measures 35" long and weighs 33oz. The bat has been sidewritten in grease pencil "Bob Feller 5-28-40" and vault marked "F22" on both the knob and barrel ends. As noted on the accompanying PSA/DNA letter "From the teens to the early 1940's, when players were in need of bats of the same model, it was commonplace for the player to send his preferred model back to the factory...Upon receipt, an area on the barrel was planed and inscribed." Bats displaying clear sidewriting are exceptionally desirable and this particular example is further enhanced by direct mention with Louisville Slugger factory records of its return by Feller in 1940 specifically. Strong usage wear evident throughout with ball and stitch marks visible on the barrel along with grain swelling and an "H" shaped crack in the handle. Feller game bats are notably rare with a select few examples ever having surfaced. Of those this is perhaps the most well documented to have been used by the Hall of Famer to have been offered in many years. Signed in marker "Bob Feller 266 Wins #19" rating 9 out of 10. Includes auction LOA from JSA (autograph) and LOAs (bat) from Hunt Auctions and PSA/DNA: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($5,000-$7,500)
Current EST:  11/20/18 4:44:16 PM
  Sold for Price: $15,456.00;