Mickey Mantle game-used white letter Adirondack bat from th 1950's
Mickey Mantle game-used white letter Adirondack bat from th 1950's

The latest addition to Sports Collectors Universe is the new game-used bat price guide. All of the top bat experts, dealers, and collectors were consulted in putting this guide together. It should prove to be educational at the least. As far as I can remember, a game-used bat price guide has never been offered on a continuous basis. There have been a few books, but never an up-to-date guide for the collector. We are proud to be the first.

The new offering includes two sections: the guide and the price listings. The game-used bat guide is a great reference tool for collectors thinking about starting a collection of game-used bats or for collectors who simply want to learn more about them. This section helps explain the different factors that come into play when evaluating bats. It is extremely important that you read this section first before going on to the price listings. The guide should help answer many collector questions.

The second part to our new guide is the price listings. There are three sections to choose from. You can click on Hall of Famers, Vintage Stars, or Modern Stars for the list that intrigues you most. The listings will be updated as needed so we hope you find this guide helpful in assembling your prized collection.

Like no other piece of baseball equipment, bats are extremely personal. Hats, jerseys, gloves, wristbands, etc. are all standardized apparel for the major league player. With the exception of his name or number embroidered on the piece, each item is a clone used by several players throughout the league. This is not so with bats.

There are many different manufacturers, models, colors, lengths, weights, and personal alterations when it comes to bats. Two players may use the exact same brand, but one has the handle shaved while the other uses a unique taping method to enhance his grip. Some players use massive amounts of pine tar, others don’t use tar at all. Some players use the same model every year; others change bats each plate appearance. Almost every player’s bat is different in some way or another. It’s part of what makes baseball unique.

So come learn about the weapons that made these modern-day swordsmen famous. Enjoy the game-used price guide.


Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.