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    Includes notarized letter of provenance from boy who won it in February 1954 sales contest

    1953 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. A strong, logical case could be made that the offered lot derives from the high-water mark of the New York Yankees franchise, as the 1953 Fall Classic would supply the Bronx Bombers with their fifth consecutive World Championship, a record as safe as any in the sport. The team's twenty-one-year old center fielder, already the most beloved figure on the team in just his third Major League season, was still ascending toward the power-slugging glories of his 1956 and 1961 campaigns, just past ten percent of his ultimate career home run tally when he toted this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby K55 to the plate in October 1953.

    One of Mantle's most celebrated statistics is his record eighteen World Series long balls, and he'd launch two of them in this Subway Series rematch with the Brooklyn Dodgers, including the only grand slam of his postseason career, arguably the most consequential swing of the 1953 season. Those four runs would prove to be the margin of victory in the tie-breaking Game Five, and the Yanks would close out the Series the next day.

    Just four months later, Mantle would donate this bat as a prize to be awarded at a YMCA Junior Baseball banquet, finding a new owner in a youngster named Robert Nance, whose notarized letter of provenance attends. It reads:

    "In February of 1954 I sold more tickets to an All-Star Baseball Game than anyone else so I was invited to attend a kickoff banquet for the YMCA Junior Baseball Program. There were several professional athletes in attendance including Mickey Mantle and Warren Spahn. Each of the 25 top ticket salesman got to select a piece of sports equipment donated by the athletes. The athletes brought all kinds of equipment including signed baseballs, gloves and shoes. If the player who donated the equipment attended the banquet, they presented the donation personally. I was only interested in anything presented by Mickey Mantle, my favorite Major League player.

    As the top salesman that year, I was allowed to choose first and I selected the bat that Mickey had donated. As Mickey Mantle introduced himself to me and presented me with the bat, he told me that he used this bat the year before in the 1953 World Series and that the paint streaks on the bat were from the dugout at Yankee Stadium."

    Nance also supplies various news clippings announcing the Oklahoma City banquet, and listing him as one of the top salesmen receiving donated baseball memorabilia as a reward.

    PSA/DNA's top bat expert John Taube confirms that Mantle's factory ordering records contain a single shipment of K55's measuring thirty-five and a half inches (35.5"), placed on April 10, 1953. The uncracked thirty-four ounce (33.7 oz.) war club exhibits use characterized as "outstanding," with a wide array of ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat divots and the blue rack streaks Mantle discussed with the bat's proud new owner. Unquestionably one of the finest Mantle bats ever to appear on the hobby's auction block, this is a specimen fully deserving of its elite professional assessment. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10.


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    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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