Ordered as a member of the Greensboro Hornets, this 33-inch, 30.2 ounce P72 Model Pro Stock bat is a flame-burned finish bat, unlike his usual black finish models. The bat shows evidence of heavy game use, with a cracked handle. There are many ball marks, stitch impressions and black ink transfers over the entire barrel. Cleat marks and blue bat rack streaks are also on the barrel, and an impression from a weighted batting donut. “Jeter” is written on the knob in black marker, which displays appropriate fading for marker ink that is over 25 years old.
There are plenty of other bats available in the auction including: 1976 Thurman Munson game-used Hillerich & Bradsby S44 Model Bicentennial bat; 1985 Pete Rose game-used R219 bat; Michael Jordan signed game model bat; 1958 Kansas City Athletics team-signed, game-used bat with Roger Maris, Whitey Herzog, Spud Chandler; Vladimir Guerrero game-used autographed bat; 2003 Derek Jeter signed game-used Louisville Slugger P72 personal model bat; Mike Trout signed and game-used 2014 MVP Old Hickory bat; and 2016 David Ortiz game-used autographed cracked bat (career hit 2,390).
Baseball bats are not the only memorabilia items available in the auction.
Sure to draw a lot of attention is an 1888 Joseph Hall New York Ball Club Team Cabinet card graded PSA 1. The card sports a rare purple border team cabinet photograph featuring the New York Giants of the National League posed in front of the stadium grandstand. According to the auction lot description this is the first example of a New York Giants Joseph Hall team cabinet card that Steiner has ever offered at auction.
A near complete set (504 of 524 cards) of 1909-1911 T206 White Border cards is also available for bidding. The cards in the set are ungraded and new to the auction market. Two of the cards are autographed by pre-war baseball star Larry Doyle.
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig collectors have the opportunity to add signed payroll checks to their collections. The Gehrig payroll check from the New York Yankees dated June 30, 1930 is signed “Henry Louis.” The Ruth payroll check from the New York Yankees dated June 30, 1930 is signed “George H. Ruth.”
Another Ruth-signed item available is a 1934 autographed Quaker Oats contest winner letter. Ruth’s signature on the letter is prominent and the content of the letter relates to the final days of Ruth’s career.
Bidding in the auction is open through Nov. 10.
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