Exceptional Old Hickory model "MT27*" bat used by perennial All-Star outfielder Mike Trout during the 2015 season. Its game use has been personally attested to by Trout, who has signed and inscribed the bat on the "sweet spot" of the barrel in silver paint pen (grading "10"): "Mike Trout/15 GU." Graded "GU 10" by PSA/DNA and also accompanied by an LOA from Anderson Authentics, the exclusive distributor of Mike Trout game-used equipment. As noted in the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, this bat was produced in 2014, but as indicated by Trout, it was used during the 2015 season. The bat, which features a cupped end, is not cracked and according to PSA/DNA it "exhibits evidence of outstanding use," including ball and stitch marks, with many of the ball marks displaying blue-ink transfers and white leather scuffs. Also visible are cleat marks and an impression from a weighted batting donut. The lower handle and knob have been wrapped in white tape. Mota Stick appears on the lower handle, with the upper handle displaying a coat of pine tar. Trout enjoyed another banner season in 2015, finishing the year with a career-high 41 home runs, 90 RBI, and a .299 average. Considered the best all-around player in baseball today, Trout won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2012 and in each of his first five full seasons has finished either first or second in the MVP balloting (he won the Award in 2014 and 2016). This is an outstanding Trout bat in all respects, made all the more desirable by Trout's handwritten affirmation of its game-used status. Length: 33.5 inches. Weight: 32.3 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA, LOA from Anderson Authentics, and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.
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