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Reggie Jackson 1967 Arizona Instructional League Signed Game-Used Batting Helmet - Full PSA/DNA and JSA

Lot Number 414

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Attending Arizona State University on a football scholarship, Reggie Jackson caught the eye of coaches during an informal baseball tryout and subsequently, wrested the attention of big league scouts as he routinely cleared the fences at Phoenix Municipal Park. As he embarked on a career rife with dramatic home runs and frequent strikeouts, “Mr. October” donned this batting helmet during the 1967 Arizona Instructional League campaign, his second minor league season. The earliest known Jackson game-used artifact, this keepsake is a treasure on multiple fronts, primarily as a signed and game-used relic from a Hall of Famer, 500 Home Run Club member and one of the most colorful and controversial figures to ever play the game. Property of the Kansas City Athletics, Jackson was assigned to the AIL, where he impressed with eight home runs and a .322 batting mark in 118 at-bats. Promoted to the parent club later that season, Jackson managed a meager .178 average (also in 118 at-bats) and launched the first of 536 career round-trippers. Worn by the outspoken slugger in the AIL, this green plastic shell features “KC” painted to the front center in white, with a layer of padding lining the interior and an additional pad atop the crown’s interior. Crafted by the American Baseball Cap company, the item shows incredible game use with scuff marks and paint chips throughout, revealing sections of previous green and yellow coats. The manufacturer’s and size decals have been removed (though their adhesive remnants remain) and size “7-1/4” is written in the interior in black marker. Also of note is the lack of an ear flap, which was made mandatory beginning in 1983. The helmet was retained by Carl Ives, who had been a teammate of Jackson in 1967, and subsequently signed by Jackson. Ives and Jackson had side-by-side lockers in the clubhouse and, following the final game of the 1967 AIL season, Ives took Jackson's helmet and told the slugger he was going to become a famous player. Decades later, he presented it to Jackson for his endorsement. Executed in black marker on the bill, Jackson’s autograph projects (“8”) strength. He has also inscribed “My Best – Mr. October – My KC gamer 1967!” Comes with full photo LOAs from John Taube, PSA/DNA (for game use) and JSA (for autograph).

 
 
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