In the 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular, one fortunate collector will have the chance to own the only known game-used bat from Jackie Robinson’s historic 1949 MVP season. It will be available for purchase, along with over 1,150 lots of collectables, from June 17 through July 19, 2013 at www.GoldinAuctions.com.
“From the annual Jackie Robinson Day tradition in MLB, and the smashing success of the movie 42 to record prices being paid for his memorabilia, Jackie Robinson is just as relevant today than he was when he broke the color barrier in baseball nearly 60 years ago,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are honored to offer collectors the chance to own a true piece of history — a game-used bat from his historic 1949 season in which he appeared in his first All-Star Game, won his only batting title, captured his only National League MVP Award and lead the Dodgers to the World Series. This is the only authenticated bat that can be tied directly to his magical regular season of 1949, the greatest year of his career.”
This Hillerich & Bradsby “S100” signature model bat was used by Robinson during his incredible 1949 season. The un-cracked 35-inch, 34.4 ounce, white ash beauty boasts a pronounced center band and barrel stampings. In fact, it’s his only regular season game-used bat known to exist from that season. Although this lumber hails from the 1943-49 labeling period, factory records reveal that this particular model number (S100) was ordered by Robinson but once, on May 5, 1949 for the ’49 MLB season. The bat shows visible evidence of excellent use with several ball marks and ball stitch marks visible on the left and back barrel. Also visible on the bat are blue bat rack streaks.
This item has been examined by PSA/DNA experts and is found to be genuine in every respect. The authenticated item has been permanently marked with an invisible DNA daub that will fluoresce under a patented laser lamp. The bat grade by PSA/DNA is GU-9. It also comes with Letters of Authenticity from renowned industry experts Dave Bushing and Troy Kinunen/MEARS.
With the success of the movie 42, Robinson’s memorabilia has experienced a bit of a revival. Earlier this month, Robinson’s glove he wore in the 1955 and 1956 World Series was sold for $373,002 and a Louisville Slugger used bat from the 1956 season was sold for $114,000.
Robinson entered the ’49 season with much to prove. Showing his versatility as well as his durability, he played in the most regular-season games (156) of his career and batted a league-leading .342 with a league-best 37 stolen bases to his credit. He led the Dodgers to their second N.L. pennant in three years and another trip to the Fall Classic. Though they lost to the Yankees, Robinson finished the season with 203 hits including 38 doubles, 124 runs batted in and 16 home runs.
The 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular presents more than 1,150 lots of rare and unique sports, historic and Americana memorabilia from some of the biggest stars including Kobe Bryant, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and more. Among the highlights are: six lots from the family of Kobe Bryant including two Bryant high school game worn jerseys, a pair of 2000 Lakers championship rings and Kobe’s 2000 NBA All Star Game ring. As included are: a rare 1909 T206 Ty Cobb card with a Ty Cobb back (1 of only five authenticated); multiple autographs of Babe Ruth; a baseball signed by Ruth, Gehrig and the rest of the 1933 All-Star Team; and much more.
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Earlier this year, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.