1970-1983 Sy Berger Signed Commemorative Bat Collection (23)

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 951

Item Year: 1973

Category: The Sy Berger Collection

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Collection of twenty Adirondack commemorative bats presented to famed Topps executive Sy Berger. Each bat features the name "Sy Berger" stamped in block letters on the barrel and a special engraved brass plaque denoting the specific commemorated event or team. When we first came upon these bats we thought, "Wouldn't it be great if each bat were signed by Sy." Upon making this special request, Mr. Berger pulled up a chair, took out a black fine-point marker, and graciously honored our request. Berger has signed each bat on the front of the barrel, just to the right of his foil-stamped name, and the signatures range in grade from "8" to "10." All of the bats are full-sized model "302" or "302F" bats measuring between 32 and 34 inches in length. The offered bats were special commemorative presentation models given to Sy over a number of years, issued for the following events or teams: 1) 1970 All-Star Game. 2) 1973 All-Star Game. 3) 1973 World Champion Oakland A's. 4) 1973 National League Champion New York Mets. 5) 1974 World Champion Oakland A's. 6) 1975 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. 7) 1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. 8) 1977 All-Star Game. 9) 1977 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. 10) 1978 World Champion New York Yankees. 11) 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. 12) 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. 13) 1980 All-Star Game. 14) 1981 All-Star Game. 15) 1981 American League Champion Yankees. 16) 1982 American League Champion Milwaukee Brewers. 17) 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. 18) 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles. 19) 1983 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies. 20) 1983 All-Star Game. 21-23) Also included with the Berger bats are three additional Adirondack commemorative signature-model bats issued to players (each unsigned by Berger or the respective player). Two were issued to Willie Mays in commemoration of his 3,000th hit and his 600th home run, respectively, and the other was issued to Joe Torre in commemoration of his 1971 MVP season. The 1973 Mets bat displays moderate corrosion to the brass plaque and the barrel of the 1977 Dodger bat has a moisture stain; otherwise all of the bats are in Excellent to Mint condition. 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: 23 commemorative bats (20 Sy Berger bats and 3 player bats). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $940

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