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    1971 Harmon Killebrew Career Home Run #501 Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5.
    "No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins territory than Harmon Killebrew," Twins president Dave St. Peter declared in his 2011 eulogy of the fallen slugger. The statement was not the least bit controversial. For twenty-one seasons and 2,329 games, Killebrew had served the franchise with honor, leaving Minnesota after the 1974 season owning the team record for appearances, home runs, runs batted in and total bases, each still standing to this day.

    The presented relic finds Killer hitting his first home run as a member of the esteemed 500 Home Run Club, a brotherhood of the game's greatest sluggers that had grown to a membership of ten just five innings earlier when the Twins legend struck the first of his two long balls off Baltimore Orioles ace Mike Cuellar at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium on August 10, 1971. That 500th home run bat is now proudly featured in the permanent collection of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    So, for us common folk, it won't get any better than this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby S207 from number 501, which exhibits heavy game use with ball marks, stitch impressions, grain swelling, cleat marks and heavy pine tar on the uncracked handle. Number "3" appears in black marker on the knob along with a small weight notation. Length is just short of thirty-five inches (34.875"), weight thirty-one and a half ounces (31.5 oz.).

    It's the Hall of Fame hero himself who attests to the lumber's supreme significance, neatly writing in thin black marker on the barrel, "I used this bat to hit my 501st H.R. off Mike Cuellar of Baltimore, 8/10/71, Harmon Killebrew." Writing rates 9/10. Certainly one of the finest Killebrew game used artifacts in private hands. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). Full LOA from SGC Authentic (autograph).
    Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).

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