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1967 Brooks Robinson Signed Game-Used All-Star Game Home-Run Bat - With LOA from Brooks Robinson!
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,517.50
In the realm of Brooks Robinson game-used bats, we cannot imagine a finer documented example than that offered here: the very bat used by Brooks Robinson to hit a home run off fellow Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins in the 1967 All-Star Game held in Anaheim, California, on July 11. The provenance for the bat has been provided by Robinson himself, first by a lengthy inscription on the barrel, and again in the form of a signed LOA. Additionally, the bat has received perfect grades of GU 10 from PSA/DNA and A10 from MEARS. This really is the best Brooks Robinson game-used bat in the hobby today! The Brooks Robinson H&B signature-model "S216" bat features the block-letter stampings "All Star Game" and "1967 - Anaheim" above and below, respectively, Robinson's stamped facsimile signature on the barrel. Robinson's uniform number ("5") is written in vintage black marker on the end of the knob, as is the bat's original weight, "32" (ounces), which is recorded in pencil. Robinson has inscribed the barrel in black Sharpie (grading "9/10"), "Brooks Robinson HOF 83/Home Run off Ferguson Jenkins." As noted in the accompanying LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA, this very bat is recorded in the H&B factory records, which document its shipment to Robinson on July 7th, four days prior to the game. The 1967 All-Star Game was a marathon affair that lasted fifteen innings and took nearly four hours to complete. Tony Perez's solo home run in the top of the fifteenth inning proved to be the margin of victory in the National League's 2-1 win. Brooks Robinson started at third base and batted leadoff for the American League. Amazingly (by today's standards) he played the entire game. In six at bats (in a game dominated by the pitchers) Robinson managed one hit: a solo home run off Fergie Jenkins in the bottom of the sixth inning. That home run tied the game at 1-1 and set the stage for the extra-inning showdown that still stands as the longest game in the history of the midsummer classic. In a game that featured a total of thirty strikeouts, Robinson managed to put the ball in play in five of his six at bats. The bat, which is not cracked, displays outstanding use, including many ball and stitch marks on the left and back barrel and bat-rack marks. Robinson's accompanying one-page typed-signed letter, dated December 20, 2001, reads "Dear Dean: Congratulations on being the successful bidder on my game-used baseball bat. I used the bat in the 1967 All-Star Game. I hit a home run off pitcher Fergie Jenkins with the bat. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again. Sincerely, Brooks Robinson [signed]." Also accompanying the bat are a Brooks Robinson signed photo (personalized to "Dean," the original owner of the bat) and a notarized COA regarding the inscription on the bat. All-Star Game and World Series bats, especially those issued to Hall of Fame players have always been highly prized by collectors due to their unique status (usually only one or two bats were produced for each player) and their date-specific use. An example like this, which matches factory records and is accompanied by direct game-used provenance from the player himself, is the ideal. This is by far the finest Brooks Robinson game-used bat we have ever seen, let alone offered, and one that would be a significant highlight item in any Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson, or Hall of Famer game-used bat collection. Length: 34.25 inches. Weight: 31.4 ounces. LOAs from James Spence/JSA (for the autographs only), John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA, and Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $6,517.50
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