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1977-1978 Reggie Jackson Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Rare Reggie Jackson H&B signature-model ("J93") bat dating from his two World Championship seasons with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978. Although the stampings bat date this bat to the general 1977-1979 manufacturing period, it can more narrowly defined to the two-year period 1977-1978 based upon the H&B factory records. This bat measures 35 inches in length and weighs 34.6 ounces. According to the records, Jackson only ordered 35-inch "J93" bats (weighing between 34 and 36 ounces) in 1977 and 1978. The word "Jax" is written in faded blue marker on the knob. Jackson has inscribed the bat in black ink (grading "7") on the handle: "Live Love & Laugh - Reggie Jackson." This is the first Reggie Jackson H&B pro-model bat dating from the 1977-1979 manufacturing that we have ever offered, and we cannot recall having seen any other examples at auction. (All of the other Reggie Jackson pro-model bats we have seen from the 1977-1979 time period were produced by Adirondack.) The bat, which is not cracked, displays light-to-moderate use, including a number of ball marks on the side of the barrel, rack marks, and pine-tar residue on the handle. Jackson, of course, fully lived up to his famous sobriquet of "Mr. October" in both the 1977 and 1978 World Series, with his three home run performance in Game 6 of the 1977 Fall Classic, still regarded as one of the greatest performances in postseason history. Although Jackson's Major League career spanned twenty-one years, his five seasons with the Yankees truly defined him, making bats that can be conclusively dated to his brief tenure in New York the ideal for advanced Hall of Fame or Yankee bat collectors. The fact that this is a rarely seen H&B model only adds to its appeal. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autograph only).Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $600
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