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    A battle-scarred workhorse from Banks' final season!

    1971 Ernie Banks Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. Born the second of a dozen children to Eddie and Essie Banks in the segregated South, Banks attended high school less than a mile from the Heritage Auctions world headquarters in Dallas, where he lettered in basketball, football and track. He was coaxed into the sport of baseball by his father, who bought him his first glove for three dollars at a local shop and bribed his reluctant son to practice with nickels and dimes.

    But by the time the young Texan had made his way to the Majors, debuting with the 1953 Chicago Cubs, Banks' affection for our national pastime was profound, and he'd quickly earn the nickname "Mr. Cub" for his infectious "Let's play two!" exuberance. Despite ownership of the career record for most games played without a postseason appearance (2,538), Banks never regretted his allegiance to the hapless Cubs and remains arguably the most beloved figure ever to call Wrigley home.

    Banks made just thirty-nine appearances in 1971, the last season of his career. At age forty, with 500 Home Run Club membership already secured, and future Hall of Fame enshrinement ensured, he was used primarily in a pinch-hitting capacity, and this must have been his primary weapon. Game use is simply outstanding, with all the hallmarks present in volume--ball marks, stitch impressions, rack streaks, pine tar and a weighted donut impression. The Hillerich & Bradsby M159 bears the desirable "Yosh marks" that Cubs collectors crave, the handwritten model number notation beside the "Powerized" branding named for long-time Wrigley clubhouse manager Yosh Kawano. It is Kawano's handwriting that applied number "14" to the knob end in black marker as well.

    Length and weight of thirty-five inches (35") and thirty-four and a half ounces (34.5 oz.) perfectly match factory ordering records, the final criteria considered in the highest possible assessment from PSA/DNA. Was this the bat with which Banks hit his 512th and final home run? LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10.

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    February, 2017
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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