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1965-1968 Willie Mays Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Willie Mays H&B block-letter (last name only) model "S2" bat dating from the 1965-1968 manufacturing period. Graded A7 by MEARS. This is an outstanding Mays bat dating from the heart of his magnificent career. The bat displays moderate use including scoring along the barrel, ball marks, cleat marks, and green rack marks. Mays reached the zenith of his offensive powers in 1965, hitting a career-high 52 home runs. 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) and is one of only four players in history to have recorded 3,000 or more hits and 500 or more home runs. Mays was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 33.1 ounces. Graded A7 by Mears (5 point base grade, with 2 points added for use). We have noticed that quality game bats such as this example of universally recognized all-time greats such as Mays are appearing far less often in the marketplace. Of the nine Willie Mays 1965-1968 H&B bats currently listed in the MEARS population report, the bat offered here is the only one graded at this level, with six graded higher. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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