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Circa 1961 Mickey Mantle Game-Used Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $21,850.00
Mickey Mantle H&B model B220 is a rare, ideal game-used bat dating from the height of Mantle's career. The bat shows tremendous game use with the barrel displaying deep ball stitch marks. The handle has a slight crack, which has been repaired with six tiny nails, and there is evidence that tape has been removed from the area of the crack repair. Mantle's player number "7" can be seen on the end of the knob in vintage faded black marker. According to Hillerich & Bradsby's ordering records, this model bat was ordered by Mantle only from 1961 to 1963 (used exclusively by Mantle in 1961 and 1962, one shipment of this model was also ordered very early in 1963 prior to spring training). This bat has been in the possession of the consignor since 1961 or 1962 (he cannot remember with certainty which year) when he was given the bat as a gift by his father, who was a part-time employee in the ticket office of the Washington Senators, and who received the bat from a fellow employee. The bat is accompanied by a letter from the consignor explaining this, as well as a copy of a Senators special parking pass made out to his father, dating from the 1961 season. This is an extraordinary game-used bat and one of the few Mantle bats in the collecting world which can be dated to the 1961 era. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A9. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Dan Knoll/SCD Authentic and John Taube/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $21,850.00
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