Competing with the instant popularity of the “Wiffle” amusements, New York-based “Transogram” marketed plastic equipment like this Mantle and Maris “Bat ‘n’ Ball” novelty in 1962. In its original retail packaging, the 30” plastic bat has the appearance of a wooden weapon with handle tape. Mantle and Mays’s likenesses appear on the cardboard header, which also has (3) plastic balls with raised “laces” and no holes secured to it. The item is incredibly preserved with slight wear and a vintage notation of “.98” (likely the retail price) on the cardboard header.
Also included is a 1962 cardboard header for Transogram’s Official Practice baseballs. The two-sided retail item features black-and-white head shots of contemporary sluggers Banks, Colavito, T. Davis, Gentile, Groat, Killebrew, Maris, Mays and F. Robinson.