Madison Bumgarner 2017 Game Used Issued Worn Giants Batting Helmet MLB Holo COA For Sale
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Madison Bumgarner 2017 Game Used Issued Worn Giants Batting Helmet MLB Holo COA:
This is a 2017 Madison Bumgarner Batting Helmet, MLB authenticated as Team Issued on April 1, 2017. Team Issued is a common designation for game used equipment that is not directly witnessed by mlb authentication staff being removed from play, especially for helmets, which are often worn for an extended period of time, and later picked up by authenticators when the players' lockers are cleaned out at the end of a season. The authentication date of April 1, 2017 probably means this was Bumgarner's helmet for the 2017 Spring Training. Unlike jerseys and broken bats, in today's era batting helmets are often worn for an entire season (or in this case possibly for an entire spring training), as there is no reason to change helmets, and generally helmets don't break unless the player has a temper and throws the helmet against the dugout wall after a frustrating at bat. Most players may only have a handful of batting helmets they've used in MLB games for an entire career, and hence helmets of any given player are extremely hard to find. This Bumgarner helmet has plenty of scuff marks that are usually seen on helmets with game use.
Bumgarner may be the best hitting pitcher of his generation (as evidenced by his 2015 Silver Slugger award), and he currently has 17 home runs! He has gone deep twice off Clayton Kershaw, and he set a record in 2017 by hitting 2 home runs on opening day, the only pitcher ever to do that. He works hard at improving his hitting, and he almost participated in the Home Run Derby in 2016. Many Giants fans say they look forward to watching his at bats more so than any other Giants player. Hence, any game used equipment that is associated with Mad Bum's hitting is particularly special (and rare), whether they be his bats or batting helmets.
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