Spring Fever Auction
Elston Howard was the first African American player on the Yankees roster. He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player for the 1963 pennant winners after finishing third in the league in slugging percentage and fifth in home runs; becoming the first black player in American League history to win the honor. His #32 is retired by the Yankee organization.
Featured in this lot if a game used bat worthy of Cooperstown. This Louisville Slugger shows appropriate aging which is significant for its time frame. Elston Howard's facsimile signature is etched into the bat towards the top above the words LOUISVILLE SLUGGER. Additional markings include the traditional Louisville Slugger oval logo, as well as "MADE IN USA", and the traditional "powered" insignia right by the bats sweet spot.
This bat shows excellent use, increasing its value, including a significant crack. This bat is authenticated by PSA/DNA and is sure to become a solid investment for its next owner as time goes by. The bat comes from the late 1950's and is an early career Howard gamer.
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