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The list of people in the discussion for "greatest third baseman of all-time" is short.  Just fourteen third basemen have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, with only a few among the very top echelon.  Schmidt won three MVP awards and led the National League in home runseight times during his 18-year career.  He appeared in 12 All-Star games and won 10 Gold Glove awards.  No less an authority than Bill James ranks Schmidt as the greatest third baseman of all time, with few others even close.

The 37-year-old Schmidt entered the 1987 season on the heels of his third MVP award, and continued on his torrid pace, finishing the season with a .293 batting average, 35 home runs and 113 RBI.  Presented here is one of Schmidt's tools of the trade - an outstanding Rawlings Adirondack "Big Stick" pro model bat that exhibits outstanding signs of use, with slight grain swelling on the back barrel from repeated ball contact.  Significant ball marks and stitch impressions are visible on the bat, along with red bat rack streaks, with the model number, order number and year stamped into the knob.  The bat weight of 33 ounces is written on the knob in blue ink.  The bat has a slight handle crack which has been professionally repaired.  The bat has attained a grade of GU 9.5 by PSA/DNA.

During his evaluation of the bat, John Taube of PSA/DNA pointed out two red ball marks that can be seen on the back barrel of the bat.  Major League Baseball, in 1987, produced baseballs specifically for the 1987 All-Star game that were imprinted with red ink.  Taube theorizes that this bat was used in the 1987 All-Star game, resulting in the red ink transfers on the back barrel.  The 1987 All-Star game was a 13-inning pitcher's duel, the NL finally breaking through for two runs in the 13th inning to win, 2-0.  In that game, Schmnidt had two at-bats, grounding out off Bret Saberhagen to end the 1st inning, singling to right off Jack Morris in the 4th (he was caught stealing to end the inning). Analyzing game film clearly shows Schmidt using an Adirondack bat in the game, the red ring near the handle clearly visible.  

Schmidt signed the bat in black marker along the barrel; in addition to the LOA from PSA/DNA for game-use, the bat comes with a full LOA from James Spence Authentication for the signature.  An outstanding bat, with likely use during the 1987 All-Star game and considerable signs of use during Schmidt's outstanding 1987 season.

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Mike Schmidt (HOF) 1987 Philadelphia Phillies Game-Used & Signed Adirondack Bat - Likely 1987 All-Star Game Use (PSA/DNA GU 9.5)
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Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,900
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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