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Lot # 166: Circa 1974 Jim Spencer Texas Rangers Game Worn Glove

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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

Displayed is a circa 1974 Jim Spencer Texas Rangers' game-worn first baseman's mitt. Spencer was a first-round selection, 11th overall, of the California Angels in the 1965 Major League Draft. He originally played with the California Angels and then played the 1974 season with both California and Texas. Spencer was also with Texas from 1975-76. In his 15-year Major League career, he also played for the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago White Sox. In the '74 season, while with the Rangers, Spencer hit .267, with four home runs and 43 RBIs. For his Major League career, Spencer batted .250, with 146 home runs. He was a part of the 1978 New York Yankees World Champions. A superior fielder, Spencer was a 2-time Gold Glove winner. The mitt is for a left-handed player. The back of the glove has an area with a missing Rawlings manufacturer's tag. There is a partial Rawlings manufacturer's stamp in the heel. Stamped on the verso is "The finest in the field! 100% nylon sewn." On the back of the wrist strap is "SPENCE" written in black marker by an unknown hand. "For the professional player" is stamped above the pocket. The mitt has a length of approx. 12". The mitt shows great use. The pocket is well-worn. There is some loose stitching. On the inside area of the glove, against where Spencer's lower palm would rest, the skin of the leather has worn away and is missing. There are stains from sweat and possibly dirt. The best part of Spencer's glove is the visual evidence of such extensive use.

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