Enormous 1963-1998 World Series Black Bat Collection (69 of 70 bats issued)

Sold For: $15,275

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 950

Item Year: 1964

Category: The Sy Berger Collection

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Near-complete run of sixty-nine World Series black bats from 1963 to 1998, all originating from the personal collection of legendary Topps executive Sy Berger. Missing only the 1963 New York Yankees black bat for completion of the run. Black bats, which were produced in limited numbers, were normally only given to participating players, team and league officials, high-ranking executives, and a few special dignitaries with close ties to Major League baseball. Sy Berger began receiving black bats in the early 1960s (he may have received bats earlier as well but this is what he saved) and continued to receive them through 1998. (H&B only produced black bats between the years 1934 and 1998.) Ideally, eighteen of the bats are still housed in their original H&B shipping box addressed to Sy Berger at the Topps office! This is the largest collection of World Series black bats we have had the privilege of offering since The Halper Collection. This remarkable collection could always be broken up, it could also serve as a firm foundation for any collector wishing to put together a complete run of all 129 black bats (only one black bat was produced in 1934). Unless otherwise noted, all of the bats are in Near-Mint condition or better. The collection is comprised of the following years and teams: 1963: Dodgers (Ex); 1964: Cardinals (Ex-Mt) & Yankees (Ex-Mt); 1965: Dodgers & Twins (Ex-Mt); 1966: Orioles (Ex-Mt) & Dodgers (Ext-Mt); 1967: Cardinals & Red Sox; 1968: Tigers (Ex-Mt) & Cardinals (Ex-Mt); 1969: Mets (Ex) & Orioles; 1970: Orioles & Reds; 1971: Pirates & Orioles; 1972: A's & Reds; 1973: A's & Mets; 1974: A's & Dodgers; 1975: Reds & Red Sox; 1976: Reds & Yankees; 1977: Yankees & Dodgers; 1978: Yankees & Dodgers (both Ex-Mt); 1979: Orioles & Pirates; 1980: Phillies & Royals; 1981: Dodgers & Yankees; 1982: Orioles & Phillies; 1983: Orioles & Phillies; 1984: Tigers & Padres; 1985: Royals & Cardinals; 1986: Mets & Red Sox; 1987: Twins & Cardinals; 1988: Dodgers & A's; 1989: A's & Giants; 1990: Reds & A's; 1991: Twins & Braves; 1992: Blue Jays & Braves; 1993: Blue Jays & Phillies; 1995: Braves & Indians; 1996: Yankees & Braves; 1997: Marlins & Indians; and 1998: Yankees & Padres. Also included with the black bats are three Hall of Fame induction bats (which are similar in design) from the years 1997, 1998, and 2001 (all Nr-Mt to Mt). Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. From the Sy Berger Collection. Total: 72 bats (69 World Series black bats and 3 Hall of Fame induction bats). Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000++. SOLD FOR $15,275

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