​Mickey Mantle Bat With Cork Set For Auction​​

By: | 05/03/2021 02:25 PM ET

Mickey Mantle fans can now buy a piece of baseball history at a reserve price of $5,000 for a bat from the 1960s, but it’s the cork that’s making this item very unique.

Mickey Mantle Bat

Authenticator John Taube was verifying that the bat was a Mantle bat when he noticed alterations at the top of the barrel.

“During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel,” Taube says in a statement.

“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.”

Did Mantle use it in a game? Was it used only in batting practice? Were teammates pulling a prank on him? We’ll never know for sure.

Mantle hit 536 home runs in his career with the New York Yankees. He retired after the 1968 season and died in 1995.