Classic February 2007
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Setting the precedent for what was to transpire one summer later, Sammy Sosa mixed 36 home runs into 119 RBI in 1997. While the 28-year-old right fielder eclipsed the 200 career round-tripper mark that year, what followed, of course, were unprecedented totals that have the alliteratively named slugger near the 600 mark. Offered here is a Rawlings-Adirondack "256B" block-letter (full name) bat wielded by Sosa during that 1997 campaign. This 34-1/2", 30-1/2-oz. white ash weapon exhibits tremendous game use, with ball, bat-rack and deeply embedded stitch marks throughout, as well as pine-tar residue about the handle and a 3" crack opposite the centerbrand. The knob of the blue-ring model is wrapped with a thick layer of athletic tape—a trademark on Sosa Gamers. Additionally, Sosa's number "21" is inscribed on the knob in blue marker. The model number, the year of manufacturer ("97") and the batch code ("688") are all stamped on the knob. Graded A-9.5 by MEARS. Graded GU-9 by John Taube PSA/DNA. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS, John Taube/PSA DNA.
Sammy Sosa 1997 Rawlings Game Used Bat
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