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    One of a just a handful of known Mays gamers from his Polo Grounds days

    1954-57 Willie Mays Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. Mays authored the most famous moment of the 1954 Major League season with the leather rather than the lumber, but only one of the greatest defensive plays of all time could have overshadowed the legendary Giant's stunning offensive production that year. In his first complete season since his 1951 Rookie of the Year campaign (due to military service), Mays terrorized Senior Circuit pitching to the tune of a National League-leading .345 average with forty-one homers and 110 runs driven in. He'd spend the winter making room in his trophy case for the sole World Championship ring of his career, and one of two MVP trophies. Remarkably, 1954 would prove to be Mays' sole batting championship.

    It was that season that Mays first ordered the Hillerich & Bradsby K55 model presented here, a relic that dates either to 1954 or 1957, assuring that it saw action prior to the Giants' relocation to San Francisco. Each of those season's stat lines is swimming in the bold ink of National League supremacy, most notably in slugging percentages of .667 and .626 respectively, power numbers consistent with the outstanding apparent game use.

    The thirty-five inch (35"), thirty-four and three-tenths ounce (34.3 oz.) lumber is awash in ball marks and deep stitch impressions, with green rack streaks on all sides of the barrel and a moderate coating of pine tar on the miraculously uncracked handle. Some years later, Mays signed the barrel of the bat in 9/10 blue sharpie and added a number "24" to the knob, an unusual notation that the experts at PSA/DNA characterize as the legendary slugger's personal assurance of legitimacy.

    With every last detail of the important early weapon effectively unimprovable, PSA/DNA assigns a grade to match, a perfect GU 10 rating. The letter concludes with a commentary on the rarity of early Mays gamers, reporting a population of just seven from 1957 and earlier. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10.

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