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    The Mick's final MVP & World Championship season!

    1962 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. "Slight improvement. Be back in two weeks. So don't ask." The Mick felt like he had answered the question a million times, so he wrote the response on a piece of paper and taped it to his chest, turning to face any journalist who inquired about the condition of his legs. At thirty-one years of age, he had played a full decade on them, his pre-game knee taping a ritual he could now do in his sleep. Quietly both teammates and fans wondered if the end of the road was near for their charismatic team leader.

    Mantle's answer was definitive--he could still play Hall of Fame-quality ball. With his proprietary blend of immense natural talent and Oklahoma grit, the Mick battled through 123 regular season games in 1962, and seven more that October, earning an American League MVP Award, a World Championship ring and even the only Gold Glove Award of his career. He'd never enjoy such professional glory again.

    So the 1962 campaign looms large in the history of this iconic Yankee, trailing perhaps only the 1951 rookie and 1956 Triple Crown seasons in collecting esteem. Presented is one of the most important relics to emerge from that elite vintage, lumber issued to Mantle for use in the 1962 Midsummer Classic but clearly repurposed as a regular season workhorse after the D.C. Stadium exhibition.

    The experts at PSA/DNA support this claim, noting that Mantle struck out and walked in his two plate appearances in that first All-Star Game of 1962, a contest perhaps best remembered for President John F. Kennedy's first pitch. They characterize game use as "excellent," referencing a sizable collection of ball marks and ancient pine tar on the cracked and professionally repaired handle. Factory ordering records show Hillerich & Bradsby shipping this signature model B220 on July 27, 1962. Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight just under thirty-two ounces (31.8 oz.). LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.


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