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1965-1968 Willie Mays Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,930.00

H&B block-letter (last name only) model S2 bat displays heavy game use including ball and stitch marks, rack marks (green/black) and cleat marks on the barrel. Further evidence of game use can be found on the handle in the form of a seven-inch crack and light remnants of pine tar. A few stray markings appear on the knob (just spots, not a legible number). Mays reached the zenith of his offensive powers in 1965, hitting a career-high 52 home runs. Mays is one of only three players today who can claim membership in both the 500 Home Run Club and the 3,000 Hit Club. Long considered one of the greatest all-around players in baseball history, Mays led the National League in home runs on four separate occasions and garnered three MVP awards during his twenty-two-year career. He also appeared in twenty consecutive All-Star Games beginning in 1954. Mays was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. Graded A8 by Mears. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,930.00

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