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    1959 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used Bat. While clearly any bat once owned and operated by the great Mickey Mantle is worthy of glowing praise and careful curatorship, educated hobbyists understand that those special issue bats related to All-Star Games and World Series belong in a class unto themselves. We are very pleased to bring to the collecting community one of these scarce and monumentally important artifacts, the Adirondack 113A issued to the superstar New York Yankees center fielder for his participation in the '59 Midsummer Classic. As this was a season that featured an All-Star doubleheader, with games at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field and Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum, we cannot be certain which of the two games saw Mickey use this bat. But based on the "significant" use, as stated by the authenticators at MEARS, one could reasonably expect it was used in both, and then beyond into the second half of the regular season. The brutal impacts caused by Mantle's crushing swings have left the barrel to take on a mottled look, with use that you can feel as you turn the bat in your hands from light deadwood on the back of the barrel. "1959 All-Star" in simple block lettering leads to a slightly larger "Mantle' between the words "Adirondack" and "Personal Model" on the barrel's heart, setting our own hearts to fluttering. Weight of thirty-one and a half ounces and length of thirty-five inches were the favored specifications of the Mick at the time. The authenticators note that the stamping on the bat has since been traced over in black ink, and that there appears to be some use not related to Major League play, but these factors will only be apparent to particularly eagle-eyed experts. They do not materially affect the display of the bat, and certainly not its important heritage. Very faint traces of an ancient autograph further links this bat to its former master. MEARS A4, with points lost only due to post-Mantle alterations. LOA from MEARS.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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