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    Midsummer Mickey

    1958 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.
    Part immortal, part cautionary tale, Mickey Mantle strode the same path charted by Babe Ruth before him, a man whose appetite for success on the field was matched only by his appetite for debauchery off of it. In the final days of his life, the Mick delivered a heartfelt and heartbreaking speech lamenting the choices he had made in through the years, that his hard-drinking existence had slowly dulled the instrument of his fame and ultimately cost him his life.

    But in 1958, the twenty-seven year old slugger was still riding high on the wave of his genetic gifts, leading all American Leaguers in home runs (42), runs scored (127) and total bases (307). That October he would successfully avenge the Yanks' previous season's Fall Classic loss to the fearsome Milwaukee Braves, nearly "three-peating" as the Junior Circuit's Most Valuable Player in the process. This was a Mickey Mantle at the peak of his powers.

    Presented is the most important artifact we've encountered from that season for the ages, a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby M110 with special barrel text announcing, "All Star Game, Baltimore 1958." Mantle singled off the legendary Warren Spahn in the bottom of the first in one of two at-bats at Memorial Stadium, walking twice. We find the evidence in the form of scattered ball marks on the pale ash barrel. Length is thirty-five inches, weight thirty-one ounces, each perfectly matching factory records and contributing to the impressive expert ratings.

    The "cherry on top" is supplied in the form of a 10/10 blue sharpie autograph on the barrel, underscored by the unique notation, "1 of 18 All Star gamer," recounting his eye-popping tally of Midsummer Classic appearances.

    The Mantle market remains one of the hottest in the sports collectibles market, a fact borne out by the $430,200 result for his 1956 All-Star bat in February 2014. Certainly this is a relic that deserves similar consideration, and one that would find itself very much at home behind Cooperstown plexiglass, or holding a place of honor in the finest of private collections. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). Full LOA from SGC (autograph).

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