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1936 New York Yankees World Champions Brown Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $822.50
Offered here is the very first New York Yankees World Series brown bat ever issued. This commemorative bat was produced for the members of the 1936 World Champion New York Yankees and features the gilt-stamped facsimile signatures of twenty team members on the barrel including Gehrig, DiMaggio, McCarthy, Gomez, Lazzeri, Ruffing, Combs, and Dickey. World Series "black bats," as they are commonly known today (brown bats were produced the first few years, after that black became the standard color), were first produced in 1934. During that first year they were only issued to members of the World Champion Detroit Tigers. In subsequent years, bats were produced for both World Series participants. Production of these commemorative bats was limited in number to approximately 200 to 300 each year, and even fewer were produced and distributed in the earliest years. They were also only issued to team members and front-office personnel, and were not available for retail sale, thus accounting for their rarity today. In addition to its significant rarity among H&B commemorative bats, this bat was issued in DiMaggio's rookie season, and the first year, of course, in which DiMaggio and Gehrig were on the same roster. The bat displays light surface wear and is in overall strong Excellent condition. This is an exceptional example of what is perhaps the most desirable of all New York Yankees black bats. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $822.50
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