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1961-1963 Willie Mays Signed Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $5,875.00
Dating from one of the most prolific periods in Willie Mays’ career (precisely from 1961 to 1963), this Adirondack signature model M63 bat displays tremendous evidence of former use at the hands of the fabled “Say Hey Kid.” Numerous ball marks are visible on the barrel as are both stitch and cleat marks. Remnants of light pine tar remain on the handle. Mays has signed the bat in green marker (grading “8-9”) directly below his facsimile signature. A smeared number in green ink, which appears to resemble the number “24” (Mays’ uniform number), is visible on the knob. White-letter Adirondack bats have long been highly coveted by collectors due to their aesthetic appeal. This example is certainly no exception, as all of the manufacturer’s stampings remain bold and distinct. Mays was at the top of his game between the years 1961 and 1963. He averaged forty-two home runs and 122 RBI per season in that span, including a league-leading forty-nine home runs in 1962. One of only three men to amass over 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, today he is considered by many to be the greatest all-around center fielder in baseball history. This bat was originally obtained from the estate of a former visiting clubhouse attendant and is accompanied by a letter from a former owner detailing its provenance. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.5 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade plus 3 points for use). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $5,875.00
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