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Lot # 191: 1987 Johnny Bench American League Season Pass

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is one of the best Major League receivers of all time. Presented is a 1987 American League working pass that was Johnny Bench's American League working pass for the 1987 season. In his prime, Bench was a top defensive catcher who hit for power and average. He was a mainstay of the Cincinnati Reds mid-1970s dynasty known as the "Big Red Machine" which won six divisional titles, four pennants, and two World Championships in six seasons. Big Red Machine". Bench hit 389 home runs, with 3,376 RBIs, and a .267 lifetime batting average. Bench was the National League Rookie of the Year in '68, the NL MVP in '70 and '72, a recipient of 10 Gold Gloves, and a 14-time All-Star. Bench spent his entire 17-year Major League career on the Cincinnati Reds, and he was a major part of two Cincinnati World Champion teams. The offered working pass measures 2.25x3.5". In protective plastic, the pass reads, "AMERICAN LEAGUE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUBS/JOHNNY BENCH/ROBERT BROWN M.D./President American League." The top part of the pass has a small rectangular hole, about 0.6" long, so that the pass can be affixed to a shirt or jacket. That part of the pass has machine-printed writing that has been just away to allow the hole. The verbiage that remains reads, "Annual....All Parks." The top of the pass, on the right side, reads, "345 WP." The pass has "Working Pass" stamped on it three times. After retiring as a player, Bench did television and radio broadcasting and commentary, and the displayed 1987 AL Working Pass would have been used by Bench during that year. The working pass is signed on the back by Johnny Bench, in blue ink, but the signature is very faint.

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