a Maris bat from 1961 or a Mc Gwire bat from 1998). Also, notice that the & in "H&B" in located under and between the 1 and 2 in "125". The labeling is the same as the 1965-68 era except for the P in the word Powerized just above the center oval.
In general, a pro bat must have "125" in the center label.
Professional ash bats have deep branding; store bats generally are foil stamped.
Finally, pro bats have high-quality wood, while their retail counterparts often use inferior wood.
The H& B brand denotes a lower grade and lower priced retail bat.
A collection of four Louisville Slugger baseball bats by Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
A bat that was produced during a period after which a particular player has already retired would likely not have been used by the player during his career.
Rather, it would likely be either a Pro Model bat or a coaches bat.
Flame Tempered is a process of drying and hardening the wood with lower grade baseball bats.However, if you are not familiar with the different labeling periods please use this information as a guide.It is essential, once you have determined that a bat has all of the correct marking and characteristics to make it professional model bat, to determine when approximately the bat was produced.Value is based on past auctions and sales for bats in Excellent to Near Mint Condition.There have been a number of labeling changes to Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger) bats over the years.