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1994 Michael Jordan Pro-Model Bat - Birmingham Barons
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,880.00
Michael Jordan Kissimee Sticks model "238B" bat dating from his 1994 minor-league season with the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. The red-ring black bat displays only light use, mainly in the form of rack marks. The number "45" (which was Jordan's uniform number with the Barons) is stamped in the knob. This bat is accompanied by a COA from Upper Deck, attesting to its game-used provenance, and was one of the many prizes offered by Upper Deck in its 2003-2006 sweepstakes contests. Also included is the original redemption card from Upper Deck, as well as a copy of an e-mail from the company acknowledging the original owner as the winner of the bat. The COA reads in part: "The Upper Deck Company, LLC ('Upper Deck') hereby represents that the enclosed item, Michael Jordan Game-Used Bat , is genuine and authentic to the best of its knowledge and belief and that the item was legally procured according to the regular procedures instituted by Upper Deck for obtaining such items in the regular course of business." Jordan shocked the sports world in 1993 by announcing his retirement from basketball. Even more surprising was his decision in early 1994 to pursue a career in baseball. Jordan signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to the team's class AA affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. Although touted as the world's greatest athlete, Jordan quickly found out what Ted Williams once said was true: "Hitting a baseball is the single most difficult thing to do in sports." Jordan batted just .202 with the Barons that summer. After an equally disappointing fall season with Scottsdale he returned to the hardwood in the spring of 1995, thus officially ending his professional baseball career. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade plus 2 points for the Upper Deck provenance). This is one of only four Michael Jordan pro-model bats listed in the entire MEARS census. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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