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1964-67 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8....

2013 August 1 - 2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

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Auction Ended On: Aug 1, 2013
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9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

1964-67 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. It's identical to the model he's gripping on the face of his 1965 Topps card, an image almost certainly snapped during the previous season, one in which the Mick clubbed World Series home runs numbers sixteen through eighteen. The Adirondack 113A exhibits tremendous use from a particularly consequential period for the Commerce Comet, one speckled with key records and milestones. The 1964 season, the first of four years of production for this important lumber, marked the twelfth and final American League Championship for Mantle. A second place finish to Brooks Robinson in American League MVP voting would wrap a bow on that last pennant march.

Though the fates of the Mick and the Yankees would start to turn in the years to follow, there is great potential for this bat to have participated in some of Mantle's noteworthy late-career moments. Beyond his assumption of the World Series home run title captured from the Babe, Mantle added another long ball plaudit to his resume during this bat's production era, becoming the sixth member of the 500 Home Run Club on May 14, 1967. It was also during this year that the Mick surpassed Lou Gehrig to become the longest serving Yankee in team history.

The thirty-five inch slab of pale ash derives from the personal collection of Maitland Hill, head of maintenance for the City of Ft. Lauderdale, spring training home of the New York Yankees from 1962 to 1996. Hill oversaw construction of the team's stadium there, and thus gained access to the superstar slugger and his arsenal. Heavy use is evident in the form of a professionally repaired slight handle crack, multiple ball marks, deep stitch impressions and cleat marks. The Hall of Famer's legendary power leaves its evidence on the barrel's punished surface. Expert John Taube writes, "The bat displays a notable Mantle characteristic, namely the pronounced ball stitch impressions on the barrel. Quoting Mantle, 'Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run...I said, 'Sure, every time.' The stitch impressions on Mantle's bats, reflect the ferocity of his swing." Weight is thirty-two ounces, matching Mantle's preferred specs.

The heavy use and provenance inspire John Taube to assign a rating of GU 8 to this specimen, elevating it to the upper edge of desirability for the thin population of Mantle gamers. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.


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