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1977-1979 Reggie Jackson Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185
Reggie Jackson Adirondack block-letter (full name) model "288RJ" bat dating from the narrow three-year 1977-1979 manufacturing period. The bat displays evidence of light use, including a few ball marks and stitch impressions, cleat marks, and a thin application of pine tar on the handle and knob. Jackson's uniform number ("44") is written on the knob in pencil, as is another notation that is too faint to read. Jackson has signed the bat in black marker (grading "6") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. This is a highly desirable Reggie Jackson pro-model bat dating from the Yankees' back-to-back World Championships in 1977 and 1978. Jackson, of course, fully lived up to his famous sobriquet of "Mr. October" in each of those World Series, with his three-home-run performance in Game 6 of the 1977 fall classic, still regarded as one of the greatest performances in postseason history. Although Jackson's major league career spanned twenty-one years, his five seasons with the Yankees truly defined him, making bats that can be conclusively dated to his brief tenure in New York the ideal for advanced Hall of Fame or Yankee bat collectors. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 33.1 ounces. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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