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    One last long ball for The Captain...

    2014 Derek Jeter Final Career Home Run (260) & Career Hits 3,452 to 3,255 Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5. He'd recorded his first on Opening Day of his 1996 Rookie of the Year season, a fifth inning solo shot that would prove to be the game-winner in a seven-to-one Yankees victory at Cleveland's Jacobs Field. But he saved his last for the fans who loved him best, not a game-winner this time, but another solo blast that proved necessary for the eventual bottom of the ninth walk-off victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on September 18, 2014.

    It was Mickey Mantle who famously said that he wanted most to be remembered as a great teammate, but Derek Jeter didn't need to say it--it was simply understood. His stat line--particularly his number six ranking in career hits--would have alone guaranteed his immortality, both in the Bronx and the wider world of our national pastime. But even for a man who wore the pinstripes more than any other man, who recorded more hits, more doubles, stole more bases than any Yankee in history, we remember Derek Jeter best for those moments when he did what needed to be done to win a game.

    The Flip, The Dive, even the Maier home run remind us that The Captain was the ultimate clutch player, a magic man, the last of The Great Yankees in a chain from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle to him.

    The signature model Louisville Slugger P72, the format to which Jeter was faithful for the entirety of his career, exhibits tremendous game use inflicted during the first two of a four-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays, the penultimate Bronx series of Jeter's storied career. The Captain went two-for-four in each of the September 18th and 19th contests, cracking the bat as he recorded hit number 3,455 in the bottom of the fourth inning of the latter.

    Two MLB holographic authenticating stickers record the time of death, one affixed to the barrel, the other to the handle, the first time we've seen this degree of care in authentication. Clearly the enormous significance of the impending departure of a legend was the reason. Available photography from both games indicates Jeter used the same bat for six plate appearances in total, allowing the experts at PSA/DNA to assign four hits to its battered surface, a mass of ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks and pine tar.

    But Mr. November himself makes note of the most significant of the four hits, his final career long ball, victimizing the great knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, with a notation beneath his bold silver sharpie sweet spot signature that reads, "HR 260 vs. Toronto, 9-18-14." Length and weight and date of manufacture are stamped into the knob: "34.0, 32.0, 08/28/14."

    Heritage made hobby history in 2014 when our February Platinum Night evoked a bid of $155,350 for Jeter's 1996 World Series lumber. The offered specimen strikes us as the ultimate bookend for such an important relic. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5. MLB Authentic HZ286300 & HZ286301. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).

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