Don Mattingly Louisville Slugger signature-model ("T141") bat dating from the 1991 to 1995 manufacturing period. Inscribed "Don Mattingly #23," in black Sharpie (grading "9/10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. The bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball marks (including blue-ink transfers), ball-stitch impressions, cleat marks, pine tar on the handle and center brand, an impression made by weighted batting donut, and checking (grain swelling due to repeated ball contact). It is also evident that the handle had once been wrapped in tape. The number "7" and the bat's original weight, "2" (for thirty two), are written on the knob in black marker. Both the number "7" on the knob and the removal of the tape are explained by John Taube in the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA:It was common for Mattingly to put the numbers of retired New York Yankees on his bats during the era. It is clear by the evidence of tape removal from the barrel the subject bat was used by Mattingly during batting practice. However, the amount of use on the surface of the barrel, which include stitch impressions as well as blue ink transfers, indicates the bat was used extensively prior to the taping of the barrel for batting practice. Additionally, the appearance of Mantle's number '7' with the weight notation also indicates the bat was prepped by Matting for game use. For these reasons we are confident the bat was game used by Mattingly prior to being retired for batting practice
Despite being severely hampered by a back injury during his final six years in baseball (1991-1995), Mattingly still managed to produce consistent numbers, batting .288, .288, .291, .304, and .288, respectively during that span. One of the game's greatest hitters during the 1980s, as well as one of the most popular players in Yankees history, Mattingly finished his career with 222 home runs, 1,009 RBI, and a .307 lifetime average. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA (for bat) and full LOA from PSA/DNA (for autograph). Additional auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
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