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The one-word personalized engraving on the barrel is all that needs to be said -- MANTLE. You just don't see such shorthand on a bat. But then again, you just don't see a Mantle come along more than once in a millennium. Which is why this Adirondack beauty swung by every baby boomer male's foremost hero in 1 of the 2 All-Star Games in 1959 just may be for the post-war generation the bat of a lifetime. Not only is this wood treasure a Mantle bat -- lofty enough status to make it highly desirable for that reason alone -- it's a '50s Mantle bat, the supply of which has dwindled to a very precious few. The kicker is that greatly rare one-word honorarium, which has hardly been seen on a bat, and of course its pedigree as a custom All-Star bat. The '59 Games, as well, offer some unique collectibility advantages, since that was the 1st of 4 years baseball held dueling Midsummer Classics. The opener was played at Forbes Field on July 7 and won by the NL, 5-4, on a Willie Mays triple off Whitey Ford in the bottom of the 9th. The AL got even in the August 3 rematch, a 5-HR festival at the L.A. Coliseum, 5-3. The Mick had a quiet 2 games. He didn't start the 1st because of injury and only came in as a pinch-runner in the 8th inning. In the 2nd affair he had a single in 3 at-bats. Still, did anyone ever cause more of a stir when he stepped into the batter's box? Model number "113A" is engraved in the knob of the bat and "1959 All-Star" is etched into the barrel to the left of "Adirondack - Mantle - Personal Model". Bat weighs out at 32-
oz. The Mick may not have had rousing All-Star Games that year but he apparently liked the way the bat felt in his hands and used it thereafter as well, judging by its extensive usage including numerous ball and rack marks. The barrel is slightly dried out and there is some grain separation. Bat has been repaired and looks absolutely stunning. As tough, and tough-to-get, Mantle bat as there is.
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