The Blackwing Limited Edition Volume 56 box, which contains 12 pencils, pays tribute to Joe DiMaggio, Yankee Clipper during the 75th anniversary of his famous streak. In a historic 13 year career, his teams won 10 American League pennants and 9 World Series championships. He appeared in 13 All-Star games and was named American League MVP 3 times. However, the number he is best known for is 56. After Game No. 56 of their winning streak, New York was 55-27, in first place with a 6-game lead over Cleveland. His streak remains one of the most unreachable records in all of sports.
The blue pinstripe barrel is a nod to the uniform he wore with the utmost class and dignity, while the gold imprint and ferrule draw inspiration from the Commissioner’s Trophy his Yankee squad hoisted at the end of that magical 1941 season. This pencil features a firm graphite core and Blackwing’s signature extendable eraser, ideal for scoring a ballgame..
Blackwing pencils are widely regarded as the finest pencil ever made, and have accumulated a cult following since it became known that several eminent 20th century writers and artists swear by them. (The list of known users includes John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters.) Launched in the 1930s, these iconic pencils are made of renewable Californian Incense Cedar in Japan. The replaceable erasers are much more efficient than standard pencil erasers due to their flat ends.