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1977 Mike Schmidt Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,175
Mike Schmidt H&B block-letter (full name) model "P89" bat dating from the 1977 labeling period. Graded GU8 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays evidence of moderate use along its entire length, including several ball and stitch marks on both the front and left barrel, cleat marks, red and blue rack marks, and a light coat of pine tar on the handle. Schmidt's uniform number ("20") is written on the knob in black marker. Schmidt has inscribed the bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel, "Mike Schmidt #548." (The number "548" denotes his lifetime home-run total.) Schmidt was already well established as one of the game's premier sluggers in 1977 by virtue of his three consecutive National League home-run titles from 1974 through 1976. The 1977 season saw no reduction in Schmidt's power numbers, as he batted .274 with 38 home runs and 101 RBI to help lead the Phillies to their second consecutive National League pennant. Mike Schmidt is considered by many to be the greatest third baseman in baseball history. A member of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club, Schmidt led the National League in home runs on eight separate occasions and was the recipient of three MVP Awards, including back-to-back honors in 1980 and 1981. Equally adept in the field, Schmidt received ten Gold Glove Awards over the course of his eighteen-year career, with that total second only to Brooks Robinson for third baseman. Schmidt was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995, his first year of eligibility, and in 1999 was named to Major League Baseball' s All-Century Team. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 33.2 ounces. This is an outstanding Mike Schmidt pro-model bat in all respects, especially given that the bat can be pinpointed to the 1977 season. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,175
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