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    1970-72 Thurman Munson Game Used Rookie-Era Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. The August 2, 1979 news hit the Yankee faithful like the proverbial ton of bricks. Much like the Kennedy assassination, any Yankee fan who was active in his rooting that year remembers exactly where he was when he heard the news that Munson's plane had gone down and that their beloved team captain had not escaped the flames. The beating heart that had delivered his ballclub from its longest Championship cold streak since Babe Ruth led it to its first was suddenly stopped, and that year the second, even longer drought would begin. This was no coincidence. Despite an absence from Cooperstown, Munson remains one of the most significant Yankees in pinstriped history, and likewise remains the most sought after and valuable figure in the collectibles market of those players active within the past four decades.

    Here we are pleased to present one of the most significant Munson artifacts to reach the auction block in recent years, one the very few bats in the hobby dating to the earliest years of the sturdy backstop's rookie era. The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby S44 presents evidence of outstanding use, with heavy ball and stitch marks joining scattered spike marks on the barrel. Blue, red and green bat rack streaks document multiple games' action. A slight crack appears at back barrel, while Munson's number "15" is written in vintage marker on the knob. Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight thirty-two ounces (32.1 oz.). LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.


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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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