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1977-1979 New York Yankees Pro-Model Bat Collection (15), Including Piniella, Zeber, and Alston
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,555
The 1977-1978 New York Yankees were one of baseball's most memorable dynasties, with the team perhaps more famous for its celebrated off-the-field problems than its two consecutive World Championships. The club was so dysfunctional in its day-to-day operations that third baseman Graig Nettles once quipped, “When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join the circus. With the Yankees I have accomplished both.” Offered here is an outstanding collection of pro-model bats, all dating from the 1977-1979 labeling period, issued to fifteen players who served time in Steinbrenner's famed "Bronx Zoo." Ideally, each bat is accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA signed by John Taube. In our listing we note the player, the labeling period, model number, the length and weight, the amount of use (as described by Taube in his LOA), the uniform number written on the knob (if any), and any other pertinent information. Unless otherwise noted, all bats are H&B signature models and are NOT cracked. 1) Lou Piniella. 1977-1979; S2; 34.5 inches; 32.4 ounces; heavy use; #14 on the end of the barrel in black marker; the bat has a large multiple crack in the handle with an approximate 10 x .5-inch area of wood loss on the back of the handle; signed by Piniella in black marker on the barrel ("8"). 2) Dell Alston. 1977-1979; M110; 35 inches; 29.8 ounces; "Game Ready" (no use); #3 on the end of the barrel in black marker, (Alston wore #27 with Yankees in 1977 and 1978, #13 and #32 with the A's in 1978, and #30 with the Cleveland Indians in 1979); according to Taube, the only thing we can say is that this bat was ordered for Alston during the referenced labeling period. 3) George Zeber. 1977-1978; B317; 35 inches; 31.8 ounces; moderate use; inscribed "Best Wishes/George Zeber #25" in black marker on the barrel ("9"); Zeber wore #25 with the Yankees in both 1977 and 1978. 4) Carlos May. 1977; M223; 35 inches; 33 ounces; moderate use; #38 on the knob in black marker (May wore #3 with the Yankees in 1977); tape on the handle. 5) Jim Wynn. 1977; Adirondack; 170A; 35 inches; 35.5 ounces; moderate use; #44 on the knob in black marker (Wynn wore #24 with the Yankees in 1977; Reggie Jackson wore #44), inscribed "Best Wishes/Jim Wynn/Toy Cannon/1977 Yankees/My Bat Was/Given to Reggie Jackson" in black marker ("9") on the barrel; cracked; taped handle; Wynn's facsimile stamped signature on the barrel is crossed out in black marker. 6) Jim Spencer. 1978-1979; S2; 35 inches; 34 ounces; moderate use; #12 on knob in black marker (Spencer wore #12 in both 1978 and 1979); inscribed "Best Wishes/Jim Spencer/#12" in black marker ("9") on the barrel. 7) Bucky Dent. 1977-1979; Mc44; 35 inches; 30.8 ounces; heavy use; #20 on knob in black marker (Dent wore #29 with the Yankees between the years 1977 through 1979); signed by Dent in blue marker ("8") on the barrel; taped handle; the barrel has a very large and severe crack that runs to the center brand and almost divides the barrel in half. 8) Fred Stanley. 1977-1979; R200; 34.25 inches; 29.2 ounces; moderate use; #11 on the knob in black marker (Stanley wore #11 with the Yankees between the years 1977 through 1979); large crack in the handle with an approximately 7 x 1-inch area of wood loss. 9) Cliff Johnson. 1977-1979; S219; 35 inches; 32.2 ounces; moderate use; #41 on knob in black marker (Johnson wore #41 with the Yankees from 1977-1979); inscribed "Best Wishes/Cliff Johnson/41" in black marker ("7") on the barrel; crack in handle. 10) Fran Healy. 1977-1979; W215; 35 inches; 32.1 ounces; light use. 11) Chris Chambliss. 1977; C284; 35 inches; 34.2 ounces; moderate use; #10 on knob in black marker (Chambliss wore #10 with the Yankees in 1977); cracked handle; tape on handle in repair of crack. 12) Mickey Klutts. 1977-1979; K55; 34.25 inches; 31.4 ounces; "Game Ready" (no use); inscribed "Best Wishes/Mickey Klutts" in black marker ("9") on the barrel. 13) Roy White. 1977-1979; R143; 34.25 inches; 33.6 ounces; heavy use; #6 on the knob in black marker (White wore #6 with the Yankees between the years 1977 through 1979); inscribed "Best Wishes/Roy White" in black marker ("10') on the barrel; small sliver of wood loss on the back of the barrel. 14) Willie Randolph. 1977-1978; G105; 34 inches; 31.8 ounces; moderate use; signed by Randolph in black marker ("9") on the barrel; much of the finish has worn from the front of the bat. 15) Jay Johnstone. 1978; P89; 36 inches; 34.3 ounces; heavy use; #21 on the knob in black marker (Johnstone wore #27 with the Yankees in 1978; manager Bob Lemon wore #21 with the Yankees in 1978); inscribed "Best Wishes/Jay Johnstone" in blue marker ("9") on the barrel; heavy grain separation on the back of the barrel. Total: 15 bats. Individual LOAs for each bat from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and an auction LOA for the bats as a group from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,555
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