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Bat Master Colllctor's Item Sticker
"Not For Use"
warning Sticker


  1965 Mickey Mantle Bat Master Kit
 
1965 Mickey Mantle Bat Master
 1965 Mickey Mantle Bat Master
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1965
  • MANUFACTURER - Barrett Mfg. co.
  • SIZE -  7 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 3
  • GAME PIECES Tension suspended ball, Autograph Photo, Batting Average computer Dial
  • PRICE GUIDE - $150.00 - $250.00
    Very Good - Excellent Condition
 
 
NOTES:
 
    There are two different versions of the Mickey Mantle Bat Master and each has a variation. This is the first Bat Master version with the Red-white-and-blue Box manufactured in 1965. These Bat Master Kits produced by the Barrett Manufacturing Co. were never marketed because the government felt that they were unsafe. Years later, around 1994, the games were discovered in storage and sold as a collectible. A sticker was placed on the inside cover of a cache of kits that was discovered in Oklahoma that reads: "This BAT-MASTER is sold strictly as a collectors item, and is not intended for actual use or play"

 After some adjustments made to the method in anchoring the tension-suspended ball, in 1969 the second version of the Bat Master was produced. Although I have yet to find the Bat Master in any sales catalogs or advertisements, I am assuming that this version did make it to the market. Most boxes feature a retail price sticker and there isn't a "not intended for play or use" warning as featured on the first "Collectible" bat master in the red box.

 The 1965 Bat Master Kit featured here came complete with a; "Patented tension suspended ball with anchoring parts, a Mickey Mantle photo with a facsimile autograph and personalized inscription that reads, "Hi Team-mate Thanks for trying Bat-Master. I hope it helps your hitting. Mickey Mantle," a Batting Average Computer Dial, and Mickey Mantle's 12 page booklet "The Secrets of Power Hitting" All three inserted into plastic pockets stapled to the cover of the box

 The cover of the red-white-and-blue Box is centered by "BAT MASTER" in large block white print lettering, and in black print "A TENSION SUSPENDED BALL FOR PRACTICE BATTING" below. To the right is the list of contents. On the left is a large white & red stitched baseball that reads in blue print "MICKEY MANTLE'S" to the right of an illustration of Mickey Mantle in pinstripes, with a bat, on one knee.

 There is a box variation that has an illustration of Mickey Mantle with a Red Cap, sleeves, and stirrups. It is otherwise exactly the same. Because this game was never marketed, the kit must be in Excellent - Near Mint condition with all three inserts, to command top collectors value.

 
 
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