Presented in an exceptionally rare and new-to-the-hobby Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat dating from the earliest years of Ted Williams' illustrious career. Incredibly, this bat was just recently discovered by our consignor and certified as authentic by John Taube and PSA/DNA, who has dated the bat to the 1938 labeling period. Period photography confirms that Williams used an H&B Chick Cuccinello small-knob model in 1938 and in the first part of the 1939 season. Quite a few of the surviving Ted Williams bats date from the 1950s; early career bats such as this are incredibly rare. PSA's database lists only three pre-1940 Williams bats examined by the company. A review of Williams' professional bat ordering records show that he made three bat orders in 1938 totaling only six bats, each of which was a Cuccinello model as offered here. In 1939, he again ordered a small-knob bat, but he switched to a Joe Cronin model. It is therefore reasonable to assume that no more than six 1938 bats exist, making the offered bat a remarkably rare and significant opportunity to acquire a rookie-era bat of the Splendid Splinter. According to PSA/DNA, the bat "exhibits evidence of substantial use." Slight checking (grain swelling) is present on the front and back barrels, and several ball marks are visible throughout the barrel. Green bat-rack streaks are visible on the bat along with two small chips in the knob and some "bruising" along the barrel. PSA/DNA notes that the bat may have been used post-Williams. The ash wood bat displays a standard finish and presents extremely well, with an Excellent or better overall appearance. This is one of the most significant Ted Williams game-used items in existence, standing far above late 1940s and 1950s style Ted Williams bats both in terms of rarity and desirability. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 31.5 ounces. Full LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. The size/weight of this item requires that there will be an additional shipping charge for this lot. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).