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    1966 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat Graded Perfect 10 by PSA/DNA & MEARS. One of the finest examples of Mantle lumber ever to reach the auction block, this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W215 finds all leading bat authenticators united in their assessment that the offered specimen is the standard by which all other late-career gamers should be judged. Provenance, documentation in factory records and tremendous game use converge to establish the joint perfect ratings, with each firmly linking the bat to this most beloved Yankee of all. Experts Vince Malta and John Taube note that half a dozen W215's were ordered by Mantle on May 6, and another six on May 10th, with the length of thirty-five inches and weight of thirty-four ounces that match identically the example presented here. Heavy use is evident in deeply embedded stitch marks coat which coat both sides of the barrel in accordance with Mantle's switch-hitting style, and the patch of pine tar on the handle and fading number "7" in marker on the knob are likewise ideal Mantle traits. Green bat rack marks are noted as well. The handle remains uncracked despite the significant trauma suffered in the hands of the pinstriped slugger. Dave Bushing's letter of opinion notes that this was one of two Mantle bats sold to an Atlanta collector at the National Sports Collectors Convention by a former Cleveland Indians bat boy, who acquired the bat from Mantle directly. This bat was sold at auction in June 2006 for the sum of $60,000, which still stands as a record price for a regular season Mantle gamer. An offering that should appeal to the most sophisticated and discerning of game used bat collectors. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from MEARS.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2008
    3rd Saturday
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