1965 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat from a New York Yankees Bat Boy....
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The bat was the fulfillment of a promise made by Mantle to the bat boy, who had told the Yankee legend that his younger brother was the Mick's greatest fan. Mantle assured the boy that the next bat he cracked belonged to him. A photocopy of the bat boy's notarized letter is included. MEARS' detective work over four decades later proves the veracity of the tale, finding factory shipping records of nine ash bats measuring thirty-six inches in length and thirty-two ounces in weight shipped to Mantle on June 21, 1965. These bats, which match the presented specimen, were Mantle's only M110's ordered during the applicable Hillerich & Bradsby labeling period, leaving no question but that this is one of those nine bats from the June order.
The bat remains solid and complete but has suffered a large and severe handle crack which could be restored by the bat's new owner if desired. Ball marks coat the barrel, and the experts at MEARS stress that all use appears to be Major League inflicted, with no subsequent playground shenanigans. A distinct area of deadwood indicates the sweet spot which almost certainly launched two or three pitches into the cheap seats. Four distinct cleat marks can be found toward the barrel end. It's definitely the most "pounded" Mantle bat we've ever seen, sure to turn the head of the sophisticated bat collector who knows that the best bats are never showroom fresh. LOA from MEARS.
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