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Gary Carter Signed Pro Model Bat Used While Hitting His First Home Run as a Met in 1985
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
In the winter of 1984 the New York Mets made one the greatest trades in franchise history when they acquired future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter from the Montreal Expos. Carter immediately proved his worth to the Mets by hitting a game-winning home run in the season opener on April 9th at Shea Stadium. Carter’s 10th-inning homer not only gave the Mets a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals but also marked the beginning of one of the most successful eras in New York Mets history. Offered here is the very bat used by Carter while hitting that dramatic game-winning home run on opening day in 1985. The bat, like many other significant game-used items from the period, ended up not in the Hall of Fame, but in the Barry Halper Collection. Carter and Barry were very good friends. Carter gave Barry a number of significant items over the years. This item was the most special to Barry and he not only kept it but prominently displayed it always. Carter has fully attested to the bat’s provenance by inscribing it in blue Sharpie (grading “9”) on the barrel, “To my pal Barry – First Home Run as a Met – Game Winning Homer – 10th inning – April 9th 1985 – Mets 6, Cards 5 – Gary Carter.” The H&B signature model “P89” cupped-end bat displays Carter’s uniform number (“8”) written on the knob in blue marker. Heavy use is evident along its entire length in the form of ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, pine tar, and a slight two-inch crack in the handle. The bat measures 35.25 inches in length and weighs 33.2 ounces. Factory records indicate the first order of such bats to Carter as a Met were shipped on 2/13/85. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, and 2 points for inscription/provenance). To date, this is just the fifth Gary Carter pro model bat ever graded by MEARS and the only example to be graded A10 (the next highest graded Carter bat is A7). Also included with the bat are two pairs of heavily worn batting gloves used by Carter during his time with the Mets. All four of the gloves have been signed by Carter in blue Sharpie (grading "4/5," heavy bleeding) in the palm. One pair features his uniform number ("8") written on the outside of each thumb in blue marker. The other pair features the black marker notation "Kid 8," as well as an additional number "8," written on the back of each glove. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 items (1 bat and 2 pairs of batting gloves). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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