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Lot 414

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Lot Number: 414

Description: Exceptional Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat with attribution to his 1947 rookie season. Louisville Slugger 125 model baseball bat has "Jackie Robinson" facsimile signature burned into the barrel end. It measures 34.5" in length and weighs 35.4oz. Usage wear is evident throughout with ball transfer and stitch marks concentrated on the upper portion and back of the barrel. The handle has been scored for grip and displays an "H" shaped crack. A pair of letters from the original recipient detail how she obtained this bat, along with the others in this section, during the 1947 season. She had season tickets to all of the Dodgers night, Saturday, and Sunday home games and developed relationships with many of the players and team personnel. Following games in which players cracked a bat while at the plate, she would ask the team's batboy to request the bat from the player. The deep nature of the relationships is evident in the material which is being offered alongside this bat; the team signed get well card, signed high school yearbook, and the array of candid photography, team balls, and bats. Given the importance of Jackie Robinson's 1947 Major League debut it cannot be overstated as to the significance of the offered bat. Based on its primary source provenance, rookie season dating period, and usage characteristics this particular example joins the most desired Robinson game bats to have entered the marketplace. Includes period sepia toned snapshot photograph of Robinson, pair of ticket stubs to games (3) and (4) of the 1947 World Series, pair of letters (copies) from the original recipient attesting to the circumstances under which the bat was obtained, and LOA from Hunt Auctions: EX

Estimated Price Range: ($30,000-$40,000)

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