Joe DiMaggio H&B signature-model bat ("D29L") dating from the 1950 manufacturing period. (The exact dating is based upon a combination of the styles of center brand, "Powerized," and facsimile signature stampings.) Graded GU 8 by PSA/DNA. Although this bat was produced in 1950, it appears to have been used by DiMaggio at the end of the 1951 season based upon the vintage black-ink inscription near the end of the barrel that reads "Sept. 22/51 Fenway Park." (the "Fenway Park" portion of the inscription is badly faded.) According to the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, this bat was originally obtained from DiMaggio by a groundskeeper at Fenway Park, who, presumably, wrote the notation on the barrel. The significance of the date is addressed by PSA/DNA in its letter: "The date inscribed on the barrel is significant in that it notes DiMaggio's final visit to Fenway Park. September 22nd was he second game of a three game road trip in Boston. DiMaggio would face the Red Sox one final time at home on September 28th and 30th 1951. As a bat obtained from DiMaggio in late September of 1951, it is the latest career bat that we have authenticated." The bat, which is not cracked, displays light use, including a few ball marks and deep stitch impressions on the left, right, and back barrel. DiMaggio managed one hit in three at bats in the Yankees 5-0 loss the Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 22, 1951. DiMaggio appeared in only five of the Yankees final remaining eight games that season, making this truly one of the last pro-model bats used by the legendary "Yankee Clipper." Length: 36 inches. Weight: 34.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $15,000++.
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