Ted Williams H&B signature-model ("W160") bat used by the legendary "Splendid Splinter" in 1950. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. Unlike most bats from the period, this particular example can be definitively pinpointed to the 1950 season by variations in both the design of the center brand and the "Powerized" stamping. Furthermore, based upon its model number, weight, and length, it can also be traced to a single order of bats shipped to Williams from the H&B factory on September 20, 1950. The bat, which is not cracked, displays evidence of excellent use by Williams, including ball marks on the barrel, his uniform number, "9," written on the knob in vintage black paint, and, most significant, a moderate coat of a gripping substance on the handle. In the accompanying PSA/DNA LOA, John Taube identifies that gripping substance as one of the telltale traits found on pro-model bats used by Ted Williams: "The use of a mixture of olive oil and rosin by Williams, as a grip substance, has been documented by former 1950's Red Sox bat boy, Johnny Orlando Jr. Orlando has indicated he would remove the built-up grip substance and Williams would reapply the mixture as he continued to use the bat." This was one of Williams' favorite bats, a fact to which he personally attests by inscribing it in gold paint pen on the side of the barrel: "My personal best bat/Ted Williams 9." Williams was probably chomping at the bit to begin using this bat when it arrived on September 20th. It was only five days earlier that he returned to the Red Sox lineup after being laid up with a broken elbow that he suffered after crashing into the fence during the All-Star Game on July 11th. The injury was so severe that doctors initially feared that his career might be over, but the surgery went well and he managed to return to the club on September 15th. Despite missing nearly half the season, Williams finished the year with a .318 batting average, 28 home runs, and 97 RBI. Williams played in 12 games with the Red Sox after receiving this bat, during which time he hit the last two of his 28 home runs for the season, one or both of which may have come off this, his "Personal Best Bat." Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34.1 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA (for the bat only). Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication Services (for the signature only). Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).