Derek Jeter Louisville Slugger signature-model "P72" bat dating from the 2005 season. Graded GU10 by PSA/DNA. This bat comes with outstanding provenance in the form of a one-page typed-signed letter from Jeter, on Steiner Sports letterhead, in which he attests to having used it in 2005. Jeter has also signed the bat in silver paint pen (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. The bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball and stitch marks on all sides of the barrel (many ball marks show blue-ink transfers and white-leather scuffs), cleat marks, a mark made by a weighted batting donut, and a liberal application of Mota Stick on the handle. Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop in New York Yankees history and one of the few players to be honored with the title of "Captain." During Jeter's celebrated twenty seasons in New York, the Yankees won eight pennants and six World Championships. Like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle before him, Jeter personifies the most recent Yankees dynasty and it seems assured that one day his plaque will hang both in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park and Cooperstown. Jeter batted .309 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI in 2005. He retired after the 2014 season with a .310 lifetime average and 3,465 hits, which ranks sixth best all time. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA, LOA from Derek Jeter, and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000++.
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