Grey Flannel Auctions is pleased to present a special item preview Lot #76: 1964 Mickey Mantle NY Yankees Game-Used Corked Bat With X-Ray which will be featured in the upcoming June 5th Summer Games catalog. Full auction previews will be online 5/6/2013.
Mickey Charles Mantle was a hero to millions of boys and men across the country, spanning generations. The Mick would cause grown men to break down just at the chance of meeting him and shaking his hand. Nearly two decades after his death, many still hold a special place in their hearts for The Commerce Comet.
For those and many others, this may be a hard one to swallow…but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Offered here is the first corked bat linked to Mickey Mantle and is accompanied by an X-ray of the bat showing the aforementioned cork at the barrel end. As noticed and documented by John Taube of PSA/DNA, “during our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel. The finish in the area has also been touched up to mask the circular area. Alterations of this nature indicate the barrel has been drilled and filled with cork….we had the barrel x-rayed and (it) confirms that the barrel has been drilled and filled with cork…this is the first corked bat of Mantle that we have seen or heard of”.
In his autobiography, then Minnesota Twins equipment manager Ray Crump admitted that he had corked some bats for Mickey. Until now, none of these bats have surfaced…taking nothing away from the icon and legend of Mickey Mantle, this is indeed a one of a kind piece of NY Yankees and baseball history…a Mantle corked gamer. Manuf: H&B. Model Number: M110 Length: 35 in Weight: 32.6 oz Labeling Period: 1964 Wood: Ash Finish: Standard. Condition: Uncracked.
A few ball marks are visible on the back barrel and there is a light coat of pine tar at the mid handle. Four small mounting holes (repaired) are on the back of the handle and barrel. The finish on the bat has been lightly coated with urethane. The model “M110” is stamped into the knob end. A notable player characteristic displayed on the subject bat is the location of the pine tar application to the mid-handle. The use of pine tar by Mantle was common from the early 1960’s to the end of his career. This characteristic was captured in numerous photos of Mantle at the plate.
The bat exhibits evidence of appropriate use. Accompanied by a LOA from PSA/DNA grading the bat a GU 7.5 as well as an X-ray of the bat showing the cork.