Unique 1982 HOF Mike Schmidt Game-Used Weighted Bat, Heavy Use w/Full Photo PSA/DNA
During the 1982 seaon, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt used this bat in his bid for an unprecedented third successive MVP honor, pacing the circuit with a .547 slugging percentage. Following its retirement from regular season service, and to maintain the Herculean strength that produced 35 home runs in '82, Schmidt hollowed-out the barrel end and filled it with lead, re-purposing this game-used 35-inch Adirondack “MS20” bat into a 70-1/2 ounce weighted weapon, used to warm-up as he studied the habits of ill-fated opposing pitchers.
A most unusual and utterly unique Cooperstown relic, this white ash lumber features all correct attributes of Schmidt gamers, with the exception of the lead-filled barrel altered to increase bat speed. Vintage athletic tape layers both handle and barrel, with Schmidt's uniform number “20” markered on knob, atop engraved Adirondack model number, batch code and year stampings. Heavy use is evident throughout with pine-tar residue, bat-rack streaks and an impression from a weighted batting donut (as if swinging 70+ ounces of wood wasn't enough for Mighty Mike).
Includes full photo Letter of Authenticity from bat expert John Taube on behalf of PSA/DNA, and matching authenticity sticker affixed to knob.
John Taube, PSA-DNA Full Letter
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