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1971-1976 Reggie Jackson Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,293
This Reggie Jackson Adirondack block-letter (full name) bat, model "288RJ," dates from the 1971-1979 labeling period; however, the presence of a vintage number "9" written on the knob in black marker helps to more narrowly date it to the years 1971-1976. Jackson wore number "9" with Oakland from 1971 through 1975, and with Baltimore in 1976. After signing with the Yankees in 1977 he switched to number "44," which he wore for the remainder of his career. The bat displays extraordinary use along its entire length, including numerous ball and stitch marks, rack marks, cleat marks, light deadwood on the back of the barrel, pine tar, and a thirteen-inch multiple crack in the handle that was once repaired with a single nail and tape, both of which have since been removed (the faint outline of the tape is still visible). Additionally, there is some flaking to the finish and a light water stain along the top of the barrel. Jackson inscribed this bat in 1983, at which time he appears to have offered his opinion as to when it was used. His black Sharpie inscription (grading "9"), which appears directly above the barrel stamping, reads "Reggie Jackson - Oakland! - Oct 28 83." Jackson, a member of baseball's elite "500 Home Run Club," was one of the greatest sluggers of the modern era. This bat most likely dates, as suggested by Jackson in his inscription, from his glory years with Oakland, where he helped lead the A's to three consecutive World Championships (1972-1974). Jackson retired in 1987 with 563 home runs and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 34.8 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, with 3 points added for use and another point added for the number on the knob, but a half point each subtracted for the crack/nail hole in the handle and the flaking to the finish). This is one of eleven pre-1980 Reggie Jackson bats listed in the MEARS census. Only three are graded at this level, with just two graded higher (A9 and A10, respectively). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. This bat is also accompanied by a PSA/DNA letter. While there are no significant differences of opinion between the companies regarding the bat, and the PSA/DNA letter even specifically states that the bat shows evidence of outstanding use and "player use characteristics" and concludes that "it is our opinion that the bat is authentic, and was used by Jackson during the referenced labeling period," PSA/DNA has graded the bat GU6 (no detail of points added or subtracted is provided). LOAs from John Taube/PSA DNA, Troy Kinunen/MEARS, and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,293
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