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    Originally purchased at Yankees Fan Fest, January 1997

    1996 Derek Jeter Game Used & Period-Signed Rookie Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. 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.

    It is safe to assume that, in Derek Jeter, we witnessed the end of that noble tradition, likely the last top ten finisher in any pedigree Major League statistic to wear a single uniform to record each digit in the tally. Here's where it all began, a block-lettered Louisville Slugger P72 that can be definitively linked to the 1996 Rookie of the Year campaign that began a two-decade (and counting) love affair between Derek Jeter and the city of New York.

    The Captain favored smaller bats in those early days, and this one tips the scales at just over thirty ounces (30.3 oz.), measuring thirty-three and a half inches (33.5") in length. It exhibits very heavy game use with bold ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks, ink transfers, grain separation, a weighted donut impression, and Mota stick on the uncracked handle.

    The bat was purchased at the first New York Yankees Fan Fest in January 1997 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the team. The COA identifies the bat as game used and signed, and the silver sharpie signature (7/10) on the barrel is clearly the rare rookie format. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9. COA from New York Yankees. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from SGC Authentic (autograph).

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