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Mark McGwire
1997 Rawlings (Cardinals)
$2195
 

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Offered for sale is an extremely rare 1997 (Cardinals) Mark McGwire game used bat.  This blond Rawlings gamer shows outstanding game use.  The barrel is littered with stitch marks.  There is some grain swelling from repeated contact.  The handle displays a heavy concentration of pine tar at the center label and lower handle area just above the knob.  The pine tar application is a great McGwire use characteristic.  There is a 6-7" crack in the handle.  The stamped on the barrel is somewhat worn.  A portion of the name has been enhanced with black ink.   Stamped on the knob is the model number (MAC25), along with the batch code (634) and year code (97). "33 McGwire" is factory written on the knob in blue pen. 

 

Perhaps the most desirable attribute is that the bat has a 6-7" on the mid to upper handle area.  Mark would typically use his bats until they cracked.  There are many lightly used or unused uncracked Cardinal era Mac bats on the market but everyone wants the pounded cracked versions which are extremely difficult to find.  This one is awesome. 

 

McGwire was traded more than half way through the 1997 season and played in only 51 games with the Cardinals that year making a 1997 Cardinal bat rarest for McGwire.  He finished the season with 58 HRs, going on to set the ML record the following season with 70.  This is an awesome McGwire bat.  Authenticated by PSA and graded a very conservative 8.    If you want a super high end Mac gamer that was actuallly used by him then look no further  $2195.00

 

 









 

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