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    1967 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat. UPDATE: Mantle's autograph has been traced. Important signature model Hillerich & Bradsby K55 dates from the season that the Mick earned his key to the 500 Home Run Clubhouse. Though Mantle's offensive production was beginning to hit the downward slide that would lead to his retirement at the close of the 1968 season, it is noteworthy that the use on this lumber is characterized by top expert John Taube as "outstanding," suggesting the likelihood that at least a few of the legendary slugger's twenty-two home runs that season were launched from its barrel. A handle crack, since expertly repaired, brought the end to this bat's lengthy service, joining plentiful ball and stitch marks on both sides of the barrel that indicate Mantle's switch-hitting style. Also to be found are red and blue bat rack streaks and a moderate coat of pine tar on the handle, the latter of which appears to have been applied during the repair process. Mantle's number "7" appears in marker on the knob. Weight of thirty-one and a half ounces is correct for Mantle's records. A 9+/10 blue sharpie signature on the barrel, notated "No. 7," is the tasty cherry on top of this delicious package, though we must note that the signature has been enhanced at some point. Graded GU7.5. LOA from Taube & Malta.

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