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1986 Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates Game-Used Rookie-Season Batting Helmet
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $711.00
Pittsburgh Pirates batting helmet worn by baseball's all-time home-run king, Barry Bonds, during his rookie season in 1986. The yellow helmet, with black brim, features a black "P" affixed to the front and a right ear flap only. An "ABC" logo and Bonds' uniform number, "24," appear on the back of the helmet. An American Baseball Cap manufacturing label, bearing the size "7 1/8," is affixed to the interior shell. Exceptional wear is displayed throughout, including green rack marks and soiling along the exterior. The helmet is accompanied by a Letter or Authenticity from highly respected Pittsburgh Pirates (and world-renowned glove) expert Dennis Eskin in which he writes (in part): "I, Denny Eskin confirm that this batting helmet was worn by Barry Bonds in his rookie year with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I personally witnessed Barry Bonds wear this helmet in the 1986 season. I have also confirmed with two former Pirates players, both left handed batters who also wore '24' Mike Easler and Bob Patterson neither of which wore this size helmet as it was too small for them. Size 7/18 is the correct size for Bonds. The time stamp, logo, and number '24' identifiers are all correct." Bonds batted .223 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 1986. Although the final chapter of Bonds' legacy has yet to be written, a number of his batting records and achievements may never be equaled, including lifetime home runs (762), single-season home runs (73), lifetime bases on balls (2,558), and an incredible seven MVP Awards. An extremely rare game-used item dating from the rookie season of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial careers. LOA from Dennis Eskin. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711.00
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