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Lot # 6: 1961-63 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees Game Used Bat - Home Run Chase and MVP Era! (PSA GU 9)

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 37 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

Sensational early 1960s bat game used by Mickey Mantle. Per the included PSA/DNA Letter of Grading and Authenticity, the Adirondack Model 113A bat measures 35.0" and weighs 32.5 ounces, and dates to the 1961-63 labeling period. Further narrowing the period, this was part of the personal collection of Louis Kendrick, who was noted for asking players for items, which he was often just given. He meticulously catalogued his items with typewritten index cards, with the included original one attached to this item reading, "1962 MICKEY MANTLE" with additional all-caps verbiage, "This bat was used by New York Yankees centerfielder Mickey Mantle 1962." As we can't be sure when in '62 he was given this jewel, it is possible that it was used in either the 1961 or '62 campaigns. No game tape or residue is apparent on the clean handle and knob (though there is a small piece of clear tape on the handle which Kendrick used to affix the ID card), model number is engraved on the knob. Magnificent use includes ball marks, spike impressions, and some checking to the barrel. PSA/DNA has certified this as GU 9, an outstanding specimen. This potential game use period covers some substantial history, which includes The Mick's historic "61-in-61" chase with Roger Maris in search of eclipsing Babe Ruth's single-season homer record, and the '62 season in which he earned his third and final AL Most Valuable Player honors despite playing just 123 games, crashing 30 homers and adding 89 RBI with a .321 average. Spanning those two years, the Commerce Comet totaled 84 home runs, and one can only imagine how many were hit with this very substantial piece of lumber. Comes with aforementioned PSA/DNA LOA with GU 9 grade.

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