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1950 Joe DiMaggio Game-Used Bat - Gift to Jackie Jensen During His Rookie Season!
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $16,590
Joe DiMaggio H&B signature model "D29L" bat dating specifically to the 1950 season. This bat is accompanied by extraordinary provenance in the form of a letter from Katherine Jensen, the wife of former American League MVP Jackie Jensen, in which she fully details its history. In full: "To Whom It May Concern: My name is Katherine Jensen. I am the wife of former major league ballplayer Jackie Jensen. In 1950 my husband was a rookie with the New York Yankees. During that season in a plate appearance, DiMaggio cracked his bat. Then he gave it to my husband. For years it was displayed in Jackie Jensen's Bow and Bell restaurant in Jack London Square on the estuary in Oakland, California. It has been in the Jensen family since Joe DiMaggio gave it to Jackie." This is a remarkable Joe DiMaggio game-used bat with the very rare and extraordinary provenance of being a personal gift to a rookie teammate. John Taube of PSA/DNA notes in his accompanying LOA that the bat's physical characteristics correspond perfectly with its provenance and even the year of the bat can be determined with certainty, and can only be from Jackie Jensen's rookie season: "the center brand appearing on the barrel is one year style used only by Louisville Slugger in 1950." Its remarkable provenance and precise dating notwithstanding, this is an exemplary Joe DiMaggio game-used bat with regard to all aspects. In addition to matching factory records from 1950, the bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball and stitch marks on the left side of the barrel, cleat marks, and checking (grain swelling) on the left and front barrel. An approximate thirteen-inch crack (as noted in Jensen's letter) and pine tar are evident on the handle. The model number "D29L" is deeply stamped on the knob. Taube specifically notes in his letter that the application of pine tar on the handle and defined left-barrel contact marks are two notable player characteristics that one should expect to find on DiMaggio bats. The amount of use on this bat should not be surprising, as DiMaggio enjoyed another banner season in 1950, which was his penultimate year in pinstripes. The famed "Yankee Clipper" batted .301 with 32 home runs and 122 RBI in leading the Yankees to their second consecutive World Championship (of an eventual five consecutive World Championships). Given its outstanding provenance (placing it directly in DiMaggio's hands during a game), the tremendous use displayed, and the fact that it can be pinpointed to a single year, one can easily make a case for this being one of the finest DiMaggio bats in existence, and one that would assuredly be the centerpiece in any advanced Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees, or Hall of Fame bat collection. Perfect in all respects. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 36.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,590
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