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Extraordinary 1960 Willie Mays Signed Pro-Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8.5 )
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $7,703
Willie Mays 1950-1960 H&B signature-model "W173" bat dating precisely from 1960. Graded GU 8.5 by PSA/DNA. This is a remarkable Willie Mays bat, one of the finest examples we have ever seen on numerous counts, and the only 1950-1960 H&B bat we have ever seen that can be precisely dated to a specific year. While it is a given that Mays bats dating from his final years in the 1970s are the most common, and that bats from the mid-to-late 1960s are far rarer, it is almost unfathomable how incredibly rare ideal H&B Mays game bats are dating from his most glorious years of the 1950s and early 1960s. They are virtually nonexistent. Over the years Robert Edward Auctions has handled many Mays bats, but this is only the second 1950-1960 signature model H&B Mays gamer we have ever seen. The fact that it can be precisely dated by world-renowned bat authenticator John Taube of PSA/DNA to a specific year is an extremely rare and desirable distinction. This Mays bat is also an extraordinary example in all other respects. The bat displays medium use, including several deep ball marks and stitch impressions, all of which are on the left barrel. Green bat rack streaks are visible on the left barrel, back barrel, upper handle, and center brand. There is a light application of pine tar on the middle of the handle. Mays' uniform number ("24") is written on the knob in black marker. Mays has signed the bat in blue marker (grading "10") on the right barrel. It would be hard to ask for more from a Willie Mays bat from any era, let alone an early H&B model. Mays enjoyed another banner season in 1960 with the San Francisco Giants. The legendary "Say Hey Kid" batted .319 with 29 home runs, 103 RBI, 107 runs, and a league-leading 190 hits. Those numbers helped him finish third in the MVP balloting at season's end. He also won his fourth (of an eventual twelve) consecutive Gold Glove Award. Bats dating from the first half of Mays' career are scarce, especially high-grade examples such as this. Early top-grade Mays bats, especially ideal H&B examples such as this (as opposed to Adirondacks), are the rare exception rather than the rule, and the offered bat would be a prize highlight in even the most advanced Willie Mays, 500 Home Run Club, or Hall of Fame bat collection. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.3 ounces. LOAs from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.
SOLD FOR $7,703
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