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2001-2006 Derek Jeter Signed Game-Used Bat (2001 World Series)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
This fascinating Derek Jeter Louisville Slugger signature model "P72" bat not only displays a significant amount of use, but, according to our consignor, is also the very bat which was used and broken by Jeter in the first game of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The defining feature of the bat is the severe crack in the handle that has resulted in its complete separation. We were unable to confirm the World Series attribution or to locate complete videotapes of the 2001 World Series, but we are told that this is the bat that Jeter shattered completely in half during Game 1 of the 2001 World Series, and that the force of the break was so great that the barrel flew off and ended up stuck in the ground like a stake. The bat dates to the 2001-2006 manufacturing period, and has been signed by Jeter. Unfortunately, no other accompanying team or player documentation supports its World Series provenance, though presumably it may be established by additional research and photo matching. Aside from its complete separation at the handle (the bat is literally in two pieces; both pieces are present here), the black bat displays an extraordinary amount of use including numerous, deeply embedded ball and stitch marks, grain swelling, and a heavy amount of pine tar on the handle. Jeter has signed the bat in silver paint pen (grading "9") on the barrel. Length: 33.87 inches. Weight: 30.1 ounces (the weight, probably because of some wood loss relating to the crack, is slightly off from the standard 32-ounce factory-recorded weight). Graded A6.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use and another half point added for the bat's player specific traits, minus 2 points for the severe crack and separation). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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