1965-1968 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Signed Game-Used Bat - PSA/DNA GU 8

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2035

Item Year: 1965

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Harmon Killebrew H&B signature-model ("S207") bat dating from the 1965-1968 manufacturing period. Graded GU 8 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays evidence of moderate use, including several ball marks and stitch impressions on the left and back barrel, rack marks (various colors), a repaired handle crack, and a light coat of pine tar on the handle. (Prior to the repair of the handle crack, a wrap of tape that had been applied to secure the crack was removed.) Killebrew's uniform number, 3," and the weight of the bat, "3" (33 ounces), are both written on the knob in very faded black marker. PSA/DNA notes in its accompanying LOA that the knob markings are especially important: "The significant player characteristic on this bat is the large '3' on the knob together with the smaller '3' that denotes the bat's weight (33 ounces). This knob notation is very identifiable on Killebrew bats from the 1950s and 1960s and is documented in numerous photographs from that time period." Ideally, Killebrew himself has attested to the bat's game-used status by inscribing the bat "Harmon Killebrew/'gamer'" in black Sharpie (grading "10") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. The four-year period 1965 to 1968 was an especially productive one for Killebrew, who averaged 31 home runs and 84 RBI during that span, despite missing much of the 1968 season to injury. One of the most featured sluggers in baseball history, Killebrew led the Amercian League in home runs seven times and hit over 40 home runs on eight separate occasions. He finished his career with 573 home runs and 1,584 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.


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