As he rose to prominence with repeated batting titles, Hall of Famer Wade Boggs was issued and signed this Louisville Slugger (33.5-oz/35”) “R161” signature model bat in 1986. The uncracked white ash weapon shows no use and is autographed by Boggs (“7” strength) and inscribed “.368” between the center brand and barrel stampings. Boggs' number "26" is inscribed on the knob in black marker. Full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA (for bat authenticity only). More on our website.
A review of Boggs’ ordering record reveals that one R161 model bat with a matching length was turned on August 7, 1986. The ordered weight was 32 ounces. The type of finish was not specified. The PSA/DNA bat experts believe this to be the bat from that August 7 order. The order references the customer as “Baseball Misc” and not the Boston Red Sox, which generally indicates a bat for promotional use. However, “Baseball Misc” orders that show a specific weight indicate that the bat is being sent complimentary to a team or player and for player use. In this instance, while ordering records support this as being a Wade Boggs professional model bat, its use by Boggs cannot be confirmed.