Inconsistent with his #35 on the knob. Little to no pine tar. Block letter LVS his rookie season and 1991. Switched to Worth bats in 1992. Switched to Rawlings in 1996 and Hoosier from 2003 until end of career. Due to the lack of character and the use of off brands such as Worth and Hoosier, The Big Hurt's bats sell for much less than they should considering his popularity and career accomplishments. During the early '00's Thomas began having the weight of his bats written in gold/yellow ink on the knob of his bats. During the mid '90's, some of Thomas gamers were stamped with a four digit number, the meaning of these numbers have been debated over the years.
Ideal Gamer: Rawlings HR bat, Rookie era LVS.
Difficulty Level: 1 Quality Gamer: 2 Ideal Gamer: 3
Popularity/Demand: 3 Trending upwards. The Big Hurt was a mega star right along with Ken Griffey Jr during his playing days. The lack of character hurts the demand for his bats. As we get further away from his career and the generation which grew up idolizing Thomas grows older, the demand is picking up. We are seeing his rookie era bats demand a real premium.