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1960-1964 Willie Mays Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,644
Willie Mays H&B block-letter (last name only) model "S2" bat dating from the 1960-1964 labeling period. This is a very early and rare Willie Mays H&B pro-model bat. Although forty-three Willie Mays bats are listed in the MEARS census, the vast majority date from the latter portion of his career. This is one of just five Willie Mays 1960-1964 H&B bats ever examined by MEARS. That low population number is even more significant when combined with the knowledge that only three earlier Willie Mays bats (all 1950-1960 H&B models) appear in its census. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball and stitch marks, rack marks, and trace amounts of pine tar on the handle. Moderate-to-heavy deadwood is present on both the front and back of the barrel. This bat measures 35 inches in length and weighs 32.5 ounces, which is consistent with factory records showing orders of 35-inch, 33-ounce "S2" model bats sent to Mays during the years 1960 through 1964. Mays was at the top of his game during that five-year period. The legendary outfielder batted over .300 in four of those five seasons while totaling 203 home runs, including league-high totals of 49 in 1962 and 47 in 1964. Mays also totaled a career-high 141 RBI in 1962. Generally considered the greatest all-around center fielder in history, Mays is one of only four players in history to amass over 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Graded A6 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, but minus 2 points for the deadwood on the front and back of the barrel). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,644
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