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1970s Pro-Model Bat Collection (16) with Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Tony Conigliaro - Yankee Batboy Provenance!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,333

Collection of sixteen pro-model bats, dating from 1970, including those of Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Tony Conigliaro. Also included are two additional "off-brand" bats. This collection has the special provenance of having been consigned directly by the former visiting-team batboy at Yankee Stadium in 1970. These bats were personally given to him by the respective players at the time and have been in his possession for the past forty-four years. Ideally, the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the consignor, as well as supporting documentation of his employment with the club in the form of two period newspaper articles and a copy of a handwritten letter, dated 11/11/70, from Yankees president Michael Burke commending him on his service to the club.

Normally, players only gave away bats that were cracked, so it is not surprising to find that all of the examples offered here display handle cracks of varying degrees (the vast majority of cracks would be considered large, with wood separation). Unless otherwise noted, all of the bats display moderate-to-heavy use and varying degrees of water staining at the top end of the barrel (due to the manner in which they were formerly stored). Because our consignor was only employed with the Yankees in 1970, all of the bats can be definitively dated to that one season, with the exception of Del Rice and Roach (both date from the 1950-1960 manufacturing period). The collection is comprised of the following:

1) Reggie Jackson.
Adirondack block-letter (full name) model "54A." Jackson's uniform number ("9") is written on the knob in black marker. Moderate handle crack. Length: 35.75 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. 2) Frank Robinson. H&B signature-model (R161). Large multiple crack in the handle. Light use. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35.8 ounces. 3) Lou Piniella. H&B signature-model ("M159"). Length: 35 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. 4) Boog Powell. H&B signature-model ("O16"). Powell's uniform number ("26") is written on the knob in black marker. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. 5) Tony Conigliaro. H&B signature-model ("W215"). Conigliaro's uniform number ("25") is written on the knob in black marker. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. 6) Tommy Davis. H&B signature-model ("H4"). Davis' uniform number ("42") is written on the knob in black marker. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 34.6 ounces. 7) Paul Blair. H&B signature-model ("B267"). Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. 8) Felipe Alou. H&B signature-model ("U1"). Alou's uniform number ("8") is written on the knob in black marker. A wrap of black electrical tape (six inches in length) has been applied to the handle in repair of a crack. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. 9) Bill Freehan. H&B signature-model ("M110L"). Freehan's uniform number ("11") is written on the knob in blue marker. There is also another illegible blue-marker notation on the knob. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34.2 ounces. 10) Jim Northup. H&B signature-model ("S2L"). Northup's uniform number ("5") is written on the knob in red marker. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. 11) Del Rice. 1950-1960 H&B signature-model ("U1"). There is an illegible letter or numeral written on the knob in either black paint or marker. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. 12) Bob Montgomery. H&B signature-model ("M219"). Montgomery's uniform number ("39") is written on the knob in black marker. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. 13) Wes Covington. H&B signature-model ("O1"). Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. 14) Bob Oliver. H&B signature-model ("G105"). Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. 15) Howard. H&B block-letter (last name only) model (unknown). This bat is cracked in two, with only the barrel remaining (30 inches). Presumably a Frank Howard pro-model bat, but that cannot be verified. 16) Roach. 1950-1960 H&B block-letter (last name only) model ("D29"). Presumably, Mel Roach, whose career spanned the years 1953-1962. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces.

As noted above, also included in the collection are two "off-brand" bats that were obtained by our consignor during his tenure as batboy. Each bat, which features a center brand reading "The Original Hickory Stick by Bemis" is thirty-five inches in length and bears the numeral "5" stamped on the knob (indicating the length). One is stamped "Killebrew Style" on the barrel, while the other is stamped "Colavito Style." This particular brand bat was sold in retail stores and we have no evidence that the two offered bats were specially produced for the players referenced. Total: 18 bats (16 pro-model bats and two "off-brand" bats). Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,333


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