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    "...a perfect example of a Willie Mays game used bat," says leading expert John Taube

    1969-72 Willie Mays Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. He was rated number two on The Sporting News' list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players of the Twentieth Century, topped only by the iconic Babe Ruth. There are many who would contend that it was Mays deserved top billing--in the end, it comes down to your particular definition of "greatness." That Babe Ruth was the most noteworthy figure in twentieth century baseball is difficult to dispute. And it's true that he was the game's premier pitcher before he became the game's premier slugger. But if baseball's "five tools" is the metric--hitting for average, hitting for power, baserunning, throwing and fielding--Mays' superiority is clear.

    Win, place or show, the Say Hey Kid is properly considered an essential component of any quality baseball collection, and those with a concentration in game used lumber should be deeply tempted by this elite specimen. The heavy coating of pine tar that extends from the knob to the Hillerich & Bradsby center brand is a key attribute of late Mays gamers, as is the uniquely styled number "24" on the knob, written in the star center fielder's own hand. The signature model S2 was Mays' weapon of choice throughout his Hall of Fame career, with the thirty-five inch length and thirty-two ounce weight matching factory records for the period.

    The barrel of the bat is absolutely pounded, with dozens of ball marks and stitch impressions coating the surface, which has been professionally repaired to counteract the grain separation wrought from protracted use. Green, red and blue bat rack marks further indicate multiple games' action. Yet, despite this long term of brutal service, the handle remains remarkably free of cracks. A blue sharpie signature (9/10) on the barrel completes the package. It's arguably the finest late-career Mays gamer ever to surface on the public auction block, a thrilling opportunity for the advanced collector. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). Modern print of period photo exhibiting Mays' late-career heavy pine tar style--not intended to be a photo match.





    1969-72 Willie Mays Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10.


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    February, 2013
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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