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    With photograph of Jeter presenting bat to young fan!

    1995 Derek Jeter Game Used & Signed Pre-Rookie of the Year Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10.
    For most lovers of baseball history, the affection is rooted in the belief that there was a purity to the early game that has been since been corrupted. We view the sport's childhood much like our own--uncomplicated, magical in its innocence, free of the guile and the compromise that tends to accompany progress. There were problems in the old days--serious ones solved only by brave men like Judge Landis and Jackie Robinson in their very different times--but we didn't yearn so desperately to kill our idols, and those old idols never seemed quite so ready to break our hearts either.

    For one thing, they were always there, from kindergarten through college graduation sometimes, through births and deaths, unbroken chains of years until they were as familiar as family. The weight of American principle that Curt Flood took to the fight for free agency left little doubt but that his cause was just, but then we fans had only ever seen the good in our team "belonging" to us. Just because Flood was right didn't stop it from hurting. The game was forever changed. And so our baseball families would gradually be replaced by strangers, who would soon vanish themselves if they got much better, or much worse. The days of Teddy Ballgame were over. No more Stan the Mans. No more Micks.

    With the departure of Derek Jeter and the installation of his number "2" to Monument Park, we may well have seen the end of this important tradition, the final man to earn a top ten ranking in any Major Leagues career metric wearing just a single uniform.

    Here's where it all started, with a bat ordered and used by the budding immortal before his 1996 Rookie of the Year campaign had even begun. The block-letter Louisville Slugger P72 is uncracked and exhibits excellent use, with ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks and light Mota stick on the uncracked handle. It should be stressed that the "New York Yankees" stamping under Jeter's name assures the bat was ordered as a member of the forty-man Major League roster, as farm club bats would not bear this text.

    The bat entered the collecting hobby in the fall of 1995, gifted to a twelve-year-old fan at the Yankees' Tampa training complex shortly after the close of the 1995 season. A photograph of Jeter and the young fan holding the bat together is included with the lot, as is a notarized letter of provenance from the lucky recipient.

    The bat measures thirty-five and a half inches (33.5") in length and weighs thirty-one ounces (31 oz.). A silver sharpie signature on the barrel rates 9/10, and is underscored by a "Game Used" notation in Jeter's hand. Unquestionably one of the most important Jeter gamers in the hobby, well-deserving of its flawless PSA/DNA assessment. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from SGC Authentic (autograph).


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