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    1961-63 Willie Mays Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. "If he could cook," Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher said of his rookie star back in 1951, "I'd marry him." Almost certainly the finest five-tool player in the game's long history, Willie Mays was at the height of his considerable powers when he stood at the plate with this Hillerich & Bradsby S2 at the ready, the labeling period of the bat coinciding with a three-season stretch that saw Mays average over forty-two homers annually.

    Experts John Taube and Vince Malta characterize the use as "outstanding," suggesting very strongly that at least a couple of those four-baggers were launched from the bat's battered surface. Ball marks and stitch impressions coat the barrel, which is swollen from the punishment. Green rack streaks appear on front barrel, and a handle crack has been expertly repaired. Length of thirty-five inches (35") and weight of thirty-two and a half ounces (32.5 oz.) match factory ordering records. Black sharpie signature on barrel rates 9+/10. A solid specimen that could rightfully be considered one of the key artifacts of the 1960's game. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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