1959-1960 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs Signed Game-Used Bat - MVP Season! - PSA/DNA GU 10

Sold For: $18,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1694

Item Year: 1959

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Ernie Banks H&B signature-model ("S2") bat dating to the two-year period 1959 to 1960. Graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. This is an exceptional Ernie Banks game-used bat in all respects. Not only is it one of only two graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA that we have seen at auction in the past ten years, but an extremely early example that also dates to this 1959 MVP season. (The vast majority of Banks game bats in the hobby today date from the 1960s and 1970s.) Although the bat conforms to the general 1950 to 1960 manufacturing period, certain variations in the barrel stampings have allowed for a much more narrow dating of 1959 to 1960. As noted in the accompanying PSA/DNA letter, the bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along entire length: "Many ball marks and ball stitch impressions are visible on the right, left, and back barrel. Also visible on the bat are blue and green bat rack streaks." Signed by Banks in black Sharpie (grading "9") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. Banks enjoyed two of the finest all-around seasons of his career while wielding this piece of lumber. "Mr. Cub" batted .304 with 45 home runs and a league-leading and career-high 143 RBI in 1959. Those numbers helped earn him the MVP Award at season's end. The following year witnessed more of the same, as Banks finished the 1960 season with a league-leading 41 home runs, 117 RBI, and a .271 batting average. A member of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club, Banks retired after the 1971 season with 512 home runs, 1,636 RBI, and a .274 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977 on the first ballot. This is easily the finest Ernie Banks game-used bat we have ever handled and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced 500 Home Run Club, Chicago Cubs, or Hall of Fame bat collection. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 30.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Opening Bid $5,000. Estimate $15,000+.


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