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    1973 Willie Mays All-Star Game Issued Bat. For a two decade span beginning with the New York Giants' World Championship season of 1954 and ending with the New York Mets' National League Championship season of 1973, the Hall of Fame center fielder served as a representative of the Senior Circuit at the All-Star Game. Here we present the final bat ever issued to Say Hey for farewell to the Midsummer Classic. Though it exhibits no evident use, it is quite possibly the bat Mays carried to the plate for his single pinch-hit appearance, as he was retired on strikes to close out his All-Star Game career. The Hillerich & Bradsby S2 features block lettering on the barrel reading "All Star Game, Willie Mays, Kansas City - 1973," and Mays' number "24" in vintage marker on the knob and barrel end. A massive black sharpie inscription (9/10) fills the back of the barrel with the words, "To Joe, Best Wishes, Willie Mays," applied in the slugger's contemporary style. Length and weight are thirty-five inches and thirty-two ounces respectively. While Mays remains one of the most iconic figures of post-war baseball, making any game material of the utmost interest to collectors, a bat from his last All-Star appearance is particularly noteworthy. We're sure sophisticated hobbyists will agree. Dave Bushing has assessed the tremendous score of 9.5 for this specimen based upon its unbeatable provenance and historical significance. LOA from Dave Bushing.

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