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Mickey Mantle Twice-Signed 1976 H&B Commemorative Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
Black 1976 H&B commemorative Mickey Mantle signature-model bat, signed by Mantle twice on the barrel. All of the stampings on this bat are done in gilt lettering and in keeping with that theme, Mantle has signed the bat in gold paint pen, once on the "sweet spot" and again directly below the barrel stamping. Writing on bats, especially with an instrument as delicate as a fine-point paint pen, is never easy and it appears that Mantle's first attempt on the sweet spot, which was made even more difficult because it was written diagonally across the grain, did not take very well. As it stands now, that sweet-spot signature, grading "4," skips in a few places and the "tle" in "Mantle" is barely visible. The second attempt, made with the grain below the barrel stamping, was much more successful and has resulted in a finely rendered Mantle signature that grades "9." While one could probably have the first signature attempt removed, it is in no way distracting and, in our opinion, only serves to validate the authenticity of both signatures and makes the bat a greater conversation piece. This is a very unique and interesting Mantle signed commemorative. The bat (35 inches in length) displays light wear at the base of the handle and on the knob; it is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,528
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