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    1994 Derek Jeter Game Used Bat from First Order as a New York Yankees Player. By the time this auction catalog rolls off the printing presses, the superstar shortstop will have become the twenty-eighth member of the 3,000 Hit Club and (unbelievably!) the first ever to accomplish the feat in the uniform of the New York Yankees. This monumental achievement will only serve to further crowd a trophy room packed with a Rookie of the Year Award, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, five Championship rings and both the All-Star and World Series MVP trophies for the year 2000. The defining figure of the modern Bronx dynasty, Derek Jeter is unquestionably one of the digits on the hand listing the greatest Yankees of all time, joining Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

    Here we present one of the most thrilling Jeter artifacts ever made available at public auction, one of a dozen bats from the March 2, 1994 order that represents the very first of his professional career. As bat expert John Taube explains in his detailed letter of examination:

    "This is the first order of professional model bats on Jeter's PBOR (Professional Bat Ordering Records). Jeter's 1994 season was spent with Tampa in the Florida League, then the Albany Colony Yankees of the Eastern League and finally the Columbus Clippers of the International League. All three Minor League teams were Yankee affilliates. As a Minor League player, Jeter's bats would not have the 'New York Yankees' branded on the barrel. Louisville Slugger would appear in its place. This is standard procedure by the manufacturer of Minor League bats. With the New York Yankees name on the barrel, together with the March 2nd order date, we can assume these bats were ordered by Jeter while a member of the Yankees 1994 Spring Training roster."

    As thrilling as this find is for the collecting community, one can only imagine the reaction of the twenty year old kid from Kalamazoo upon seeing his own name and that of baseball's most storied franchise joined in Louisville Slugger ash for the first time. But Jeter did much more than simply admire this bat, infusing it with an absolute pounding which has left a constellation of ball marks on the barrel and separated the grain slightly with dozens of hard impacts. Pine tar blackens the handle, which remains surprisingly uncracked from its hours in the trenches.

    Length of thirty-three and a half inches and weight of thirty-one ounces perfectly match Jeter's first ordering records for this P72 relic, resulting in an impressive GU 8.5 rating from PSA/DNA. A flawless blue sharpie signature in Jeter's rare early format completes the package. LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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