The Mick was just a kid when he donned a jersey that will be up for bid next month.
What’s described as the earliest known Mickey Mantle game-worn jersey will be among the featured items in Grey Flannel Auctions’ next sale.
The jersey, dating from the 1952 season, also bears a large Mantle autograph, obtained later in the life of the Yankee great.
The inside collar of the Mantle jersey has a Spalding manufacturer’s tag and a white felt strip tag chain-stitched in blue with the words "M. Mantle 52." A Yankees 1903-1952 50th Year patch is sewn onto the jersey’s left sleeve.
"This is the finest Mickey Mantle game-used jersey Grey Flannel has ever had the honor of presenting at auction," said company president Rich Russek. "We actually sold this jersey 10 years ago, and we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to auction it a second time. It’s not often that an item of such historical importance passes through the same hands twice."
The autograph has been authenticated by JSA Spence Authentication, and the jersey has been authenticated by MEARS.
Also up for bid in the auction that opens April 6 is a factory side-written bat Ruth used between 1926 and 1929. The bat is one of few that includes Ruth’s famous ‘home run notches’. 11 are carved into the barrel of this bat, each representing a home run hit by the Babe. The Babe Ruth bat may date from the 1927 season and is PSA/DNA graded ‘9.’
"Absolutely no stone was left unturned in piecing together the fascinating provenance for this baseball treasure," Russek said.
Among the other pieces of sports memorabilia in the auction are:
· Jackie Robinson’s 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers National League MVP Award
· Willis Reed’s 1973-1974 New York Knicks game-used knit home jersey,
accompanied by letter from Knicks coach Red Holzman’s former assistant,
MEARS LOA graded A10, also accompanied by photo or Reed on bench, an
apparent photo match
· Tom Seaver’s 1971 New York Mets game-used and autographed home flannel
uniform with LOA from JSA. "METS" on front of jersey; player number "41"
front and back
· "Pistol" Pete Maravich’s 1979 All-Star Game game-used jersey, originally came to Grey Flannel from the Maravich family
· Michael Jordan’s 1992 Olympic Dream Team game-used road jersey, "USA" on front of jersey, player number "9" front and back, "JORDAN" on back
· Jim Leyritz’s 1996 New York Yankees World Championship Trophy,
accompanied by hand-signed LOA from Leyritz
· Bobby Orr’s 1973-1974 Boston Bruins game-used road jersey, 50th Anniversary embroidered patch on each shoulder, with LOA from Milt Byron
· Circa-1963 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers game-used helmet, player number "5" stenciled on back
· Derek Jeter’s New York Yankees 7/10/2001 All-Star Game-used and autographed home run bat – only All-Star home run bat of Jeter’s career so far, with Steiner LOA signed by Jeter
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