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    The Mick's earliest Big League lumber!

    1951 Mickey Mantle Signed Rookie Bat from First Order as a New York Yankee, PSA/DNA Authentic.
    In the space-time continuum of our National Pastime, the year 1951 in the city of New York stands as arguably the most significant and dramatic location of them all. The great Joe DiMaggio steered his Clipper ship into dry-dock for good, Bobby Thomson's historic "Shot" sunk the Brooklyn Dodgers to complete one of the unlikeliest comebacks in League history, and two of the game's greatest stars launched their Hall of Fame careers on opposite banks of the Harlem River.

    While Willie Mays' brilliance was immediately evident, earning him a National League Rookie of the Year Award for 1951, his Yankees counterpart initially failed to live up to the advanced billing, or to the number "6" he was issued as the natural progression from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio. But this was soon to change.

    After a forty-game demotion to Kansas City and a famous pep talk from his father Mutt, Mantle returned to the Big Apple with a number "7" on his back and a fire in his belly, clubbing thirteen homers and sixty-five RBI's in 96 games of action to earn a spot on the starting roster for what would prove to be the last of six Yankees/Giants "Subway Series," and the first of a dozen appearances for the Mick on the game's grandest stage. His devastating knee ligament tear in Game Two would bring a sudden end to Mantle's 1951 season, and in many ways set the tone for the rest of his career as one of injury and self-medication.

    But the torch had been passed, from DiMaggio to Mantle, and for seventeen seasons to come, the latter would be the name to stand as the primary representative of the sport's greatest franchise.

    It all started here, with this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby L16, one of only two known to survive from Mantle's very first bat order as a member of the New York Yankees. Heritage was fortunate to present the other example in our December 2017 "Yankee Legends" auction, where it commanded a winning bid of $168,000. The offered example lacks the game use of that model but instead bears a perfect blue sharpie signature. Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight thirty-five and a half ounces (35.4 oz.). LOA from PSA/DNA, Authentic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from SGC (autograph).

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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