Tony Gwynn All Star Game Used Bat
Rawlings/Adironack model 279H, from the 1984 season, is un-cracked and exhibits evidence of moderate use. A few ball marks and ball stitch impressions are visible on the right and back barrel. Ball marks include black and blue ink transfers. Also visible on the bat are blue and orange bat rack streaks and there is a moderate coat of pine tar on the handle. The model number (279H) and Gwynn’s initials (T.G.) are stamped into the knob. Gwynn’s number (19) is written on the top barrel in black marker. Gwynn’s name has been mis-spelled (Gynn) on the barrel brand, which is a common error seen on Major League bats. A great bat of the All Star Hall of Famer!!
The subject bat was manufactured for Gwynn’s use in the 1984 All Star Game. We know this by the knob stamping. In 1984 Rawlings stamped the knobs of their professional bats, with the exception of All Star Game and World Series bats, with a year code and order number. Bats made for the All Star Game, like the subject bat, were stamped only with a model number and the player’s initials. Evidence of the use of the bat in the 1984 Mid-Summer Classic is the appearance of the vivid blue ball mark on the right barrel. Gwynn went one for three in the 1984 Mid-Summer Classic and the video of te game shows him using an Adirondack bat during his second at bat in the bottom of the third inning.
In 1984, regular season baseballs used in the National League were imprinted with black ink. Black ink transfers can be seen on the front and right barrel. Baseballs produced for the 1984 All Star Game were imprinted with vivid blue ink. The ink on the All Star Game balls is much darker than the ‘sky blue’ ink that was used on regular season American League baseballs. The subject bat displays blue ink transfers on the back and right barrel. During Gwynn’s second at bat, using an Adirondack, Tony fouled off two pitches before striking out.
This bat is typical of most of the All Star Game bats we have seen. Light use is the norm rather than the exception. Therefore, grading criteria for this special event bat is not dependent on the amount of use present. All Star Game bats, with provenance placing the bat at the Mid-Summer Classic, are graded based on the amount of use one may expect from the number of plate appearance by the player during the All Star Game.
The bat is accompanied by a PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity.
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