This is a 1985 Barry Bonds Game Used Rookie Bat - The future
single-season and career Home Run King was still just "Bobby's kid" when this
rare and important early lumber was shipped to him from Louisville on July 10,
1985, just a month after signing as the Pittsburgh Pirates first round draft
The block-letter "Bonds" P72 exhibits heavy use with a cracked lower
barrel, likely in minor league competition prior to his April 20, 1986 Major
League debut. Ball, stitch and cleat marks decorate the barrel and a handwritten
"Bonds" appears in marker on the knob. Length is thirty-four and a half inches;
weight is thirty-two ounces.
While scandal has tarnished the reputation of the
game's greatest long ball artist, the same was true of Shoeless Joe Jackson and
Pete Rose, and they have rebounded nicely with the soothing passage of time.
This remains the earliest known bat of the Home Run King, which will sound like
quite a treasure when Bonds claims his rightful place in the Hall of Fame and
the baseball pantheon. Graded GU 8. Includes a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.
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