Mike Schmidt Rawlings/Adirondack signature-model ("154A") bat dating from Schmidt's 1986 MVP season. Graded GU 9.5 by PSA/DNA. This is a significant Mike Schmidt game bat because it features three "bullets" (black dots) on the center brand, each of which represents a different home run. As noted in PSA/DNA's accompanying LOA, as Schmidt approached hitting his 500th career home in 1986, he began the practice of marking his bats with "bullets" every time he hit a home run. Sometimes, the home-run number would also be included next to the bullet (not the case here). These Schmidt home-run "bullet" bats are not only rare, but also highly prized by collectors. This is the first such example we have ever offered and we have seen only a few others at auction. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including a sanded left side of the barrel (a known Schmidt trait), numerous ball marks, stitch impressions, blue bat-rack marks, cleat marks, and a heavy coat of pine tar on the handle. An impression from a batting donut is evident to the right of the center brand. Schmidt's uniform number ("20") and an "X" are written on the knob in black maker. Stamped in the knob are the model number ("154A"), the order number ("148") and the year ("86"). Schmidt fell five short of hitting his 500th home run in 1986, but he enjoyed another banner year. He led the league in both home runs (37) and RBI (119), and finished the season with a .291 average. Those lofty numbers helped earn him his third and final MVP Award. A member of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club, Schmidt led the National League in home runs on eight separate occasions during his 18-year career (1972-1989). Equally adept at bat and in the field, Schmidt also won 10 Gold Glove Awards and is considered by many the greatest third baseman in the history of the game. Schmidt was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995, his first year of eligibility, and in 1999 was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.5 ounces. Full LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.