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1980 Reggie Jackson Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,541
Reggie Jackson Adirondack block-letter (full name) model "288RJ" bat dating precisely to the 1980 season. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. Moderate use is displayed along its entire length, including ball marks (with blue-ink transfers and white-leather scuffs) and stitch impressions, and a thin application of pine tar on the handle. Stamped into the knob are the model number ("288RJ), the batch code ("255"), and the year code ("0," denoting 1980). Jackson's uniform number ("44") is written on the knob in faded silver pen. Jackson has signed the bat in silver paint pen (grading "9/10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. 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. 1980 marked one of Jackson's finest overall seasons at the plate. In addition to finishing the year with a career-high batting average of .300, he also totaled a league-high 41 home runs and 111 RBI in leading the Yankees to 103 wins and the Eastern Division title. Unfortunately, the Yankees were swept by the Royals in the League Championship Series, thereby denying Jackson the chance to add to his already impressive World Series resume. This is an outstanding Jackson bat in all respects dating from his penultimate season in 45tripes. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 35.7 ounces. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,541
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