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    Historic Fenway Park contest featured ceremony with Ted Williams and the All-Century Team!

    1999 Derek Jeter All-Star Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. Even with the recent implementation of a policy that lends relevance to the outcome of the Midsummer Classic--home field advantage for the victorious League in that season's World Series--the sport's most heralded exhibition tends to be forgotten as soon as it's over. Many of us could name the World Championship team of any season, but few care to commit All-Star results to memory, the game far more a grand spectacle than a true battle for superiority. But even the most casual baseball fan couldn't forget July 13, 1999 at Fenway Park, arguably the most significant edition of the contest since the first.

    As endings so often do, this last All-Star Game of the 1900's inspired promoters to look backwards, to take stock of the hundred years that had passed and to honor the greatest players of that period as the All-Century Team. Those still living took to the Fenway diamond to be honored to thunderous applause, but the appearance of the legendary Ted Williams, who had made his home field debut on that same ground six decades earlier, nearly brought the house down. Nobody who witnessed the poignant scene, whether in the stands, on the field, or at home in front of the television, could ever forget it.

    As such, relics from that momentous occasion are properly and feverishly coveted by collectors, and this may be the most significant relic to emerge from the event. The presented Louisville Slugger P72 was used that day by a Derek Jeter in his absolute prime, a season that would end with an American League-topping 219 hits on the strength of a soaring .349 batting average, and with a four-game World Series sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

    Leading bat expert John Taube validates the All-Star Game use through the distinctive red ink transfers from the special baseballs used for the occasion, one of which is so perfectly rendered that the "ston" in "Boston," the "Star" in "All-Star" and the year "99" are readily legible. Several blue imprints likewise offer portions of "Official American League Ball," assuring the lumber saw action during Jeter's historic World Championship regular season either before or after the Break.

    Taube characterizes the use as "outstanding," noting the aforementioned ball marks, stitch impressions, and light pine tar on the handle. The bat is uncracked and measures thirty-four (34) inches in length and thirty-two (32) ounces in weight. A bold silver sharpie signature, authenticated by Major League Baseball, completes the package. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9 (game use). MLB Authentic AR012836 (autograph).

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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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