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Rare HOF 1911-16 Frank Home Run Baker Game-Used Decal Bat with MEARS Authentication

Hall of Famer Frank Baker was a superstar of the dead ball era and seminal member of Connie Mack's famed "$100,000 Infield." Widely regarded as the best third baseman of the pre-war era, his prodigious hitting would help Mack's Philadelphia Athletics win the 1910, 1911 and 1913 World Series. He would continue winning pennants and championships as a member of the 1921 and '22 New York Yankees. Offered is Baker's 1911-16 game-used J.F. Hillerich & Son Co Louisville Slugger Home Run Baker decal bat. Certified bats from Baker's career are phenomenally rare, particularly from this pre-1917 era.

Continued research supports and verifies professional model decal bats being used in the big leagues during the 1911-16 era, and this Baker-endorsed bat, manufactured to the professional specifications of Frank Homerun Baker, and is thoroughly consistent with decal bats used by many of his noteworthy major league contemporaries. It displays heavy game use and a ton of beautiful patina from end to end, with stitch and ball marks throughout several surfaces of the barrel end. The handle has an 8" professionally repaired crack, and the decal, though heavily worn, is consistent in design to verified Frank Baker model bats. Measuring 33 inches, 36 ounces, it's slightly shorter than his known 34" lengths, but is consistent with respect to records of ordered weights during the era. In our opinion, as well as in the opinion of the experts at MEARS, this length is absolutely acceptable to be considered a game-used bat for Hall of Famer Frank Baker, and has been certified as "Authentic" by bat expert Troy Kinunen on behalf of MEARS.

This rare, special bat will make a big addition to any serious Hall of Fame collection and includes a full Letter of Authenticity from MEARS, endorsed by expert Troy Kinunen.

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100% Authentic Team, MEARS

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