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1964 Mickey Mantle Pro-Model All-Star Game Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $16,450
Extremely rare Adirondack block-letter model "113A" bat specially produced and issued to New York Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle for use in the 1964 All-Star Game held on July 7th at Shea Stadium in New York. Graded A8 by MEARS. All-Star bats, like World Series bats, are favorites with collectors because each is specifically made for use in a special game and because each can be dated to a very specific year. 1964 was a particularly significant year for the city of New York, which hosted the All Star Game as part of the 1964 New York World's Fair. The bat is specially stamped "1964 All Stars" in block letters directly below Mantle's name (last name only) on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain exceptionally bold and well defined. The bat displays only minimal use, showing what appears to be just one light ball mark on the barrel. The lack of use is not uncommon for All-Star bats, especially if they were only used for the one game. Mantle started in center field and batted third for the American League in the 1964 All-Star Game. In four trips to the plate, Mantle, singled, grounded out, and struck out twice. He also scored a run in the 7-4 loss to the National League. 1964 marked the last time Mantle would start for the American League in the annual midsummer classic. In fact, Mantle only made two more All-Star Game appearances during his career, appearing as a pinch hitter in both 1967 and 1968, making this bat an all the more significant memento relating to his long and storied All-Star Game exploits. As noted in the accompanying MEARS LOA, H&B factory records indicate that Mantle was sent a single bat (model "A110" and matching this bat's specifications) on July 1, 1964, indicating that in addition to the offered bat he probably had an H&B All-Star Game bat available to him as well. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, 0 points for use, but plus 3 points for its All-Star Game provenance). Mickey Mantle All-Star Game bats are exceedingly rare. Despite his having made fourteen All-Star Game appearances, Mantle All-Star Game bats are seldom seen and this extraordinary example, dating from Mantle's last great season (111 RBI, 35 home runs, .303 batting average) and just three years removed from the historic 1961 season, is the first we have ever offered. This very bat was last seen in the marketplace when it was offered at auction 2001, where it sold for $10,189. It has not seen the light of day since and has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $16,450
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