have personally owned over 15 Boggs bats, as early as 1980 - 1983
Louisville Sluggers to 1998 Louisville Sluggers while he was with
the Devil Rays. I am
very confident when I have a real Boggs gamer in my hand, as he was
so predictable as to how he used the bat.
One thing to note about Boggs, he would wear his favorite
bats out. If he found a
good stick, he stayed with it.
If you want a Boggs bat, get one with tons of use - that is
how he liked them. Starting with the barrel,
Boggs almost exclusively ( with rare exception ) only used one side
of the barrel to hit - the right side of the bat if you are holding
the label up, as a Left-handed hitter would do such as Boggs.
The other side of the barrel would be void of ball marks but
should have cleat and shoe marks.
Please see the 1996 Adirondack bat below and note the photos
of both sides of the barrel. Also
notice how tight the hitting area was - Boggs was a master at
hitting the ball over and over again in the same area. Stay away
from Boggs bats with ball marks on the left side of the barrel when
holding the label up - it may have been used by Boggs, but most
likely by another player.
to tar markings - he was very consistent in the 90's - He always had
tar at the
bottom of the handle and also tar around the label.
The more he used the bat, the
tar there would be. The
amount of tar should be consistent with the amount of use on the
barrel. Be wary of
Boggs bats with tons of tar and light use.
They may be bats that have been doctored.
Please see the photos of all the bats below showing this
in tar markings. In the
80's, he was not as consistent, especially early in his
- before 1986. After
1986, he became more consistent by applying heavy tar on the bottom
handle and around the label. Pre
- 86 bats have tar, but it was more liberally dispersed on typically
the upper handle and label. Regarding the knob, Boggs throughout his
career marked his knobs distinctly. In the 80's it was either WB or 26 - with a very distinct
"2". In the
90''s when he went to the Yankees, all his
bats that I have owned ( and I have had about 10 Yankees bats ),
they all had a 12 as pictured below on the 1996 Adirondack that is
shown. His numbers were
always big and bold on the knob.