One of Mick's game-worn jerseys from 1960 has just sold for more money than he made that season.
Mickey Mantle’s 1960 salary with the New York Yankees was $60,000; he didn’t hit the $100,000 mark until 1963. But his home uniform jersey from 1960 has gone at auction for $101,410 (lot 432, including buyer’s premium), in a Lelands.com sports memorabilia auction.
The Mantle jersey led the field in a $3 million total catalog auction conducted by the auction house.
The uncut T206 strip featuring Honus Wagner, found originally in the Hall of Famer's uniform pants pocket, drew nine bids but did not meet the seller's reserve.
which also included $47,824 for gloves worn by Cassius Clay as an amateur in 1960 (lot 96), $32,664 for Sugar Ray Robinson’s fight robe from his first pro fight (lot 129), $28, 934 for a single signed Roberto Clemente baseball (lot 272), and $49,083 for a 1954 Stan Musial game worn uniform jersey (lot 433). The Clemente price is believed to be the most ever paid for a single signed ball of his.
A Bobby Orr Boston Bruins jersey worn in 1969-70 (lot 597) went for $83,810. A 1986 Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds jersey went for $19,978 (lot 240), with active bidding from a number of collectors who pursue the starting lineup of the “Big Red Machine” teams.
Other highlights included:
Lot 12 – a 1915 Jack Johnson-Jess Willard full fight ticket ($16,945)
Lot 40 – Mike Tyson-Robin Givens marriage license ($1,472)
Lot 131 – Poster for Johnson-Tommy Burns fight film showing ($24,541)
Lot 135 – Mike Tyson amateur fight robe ($8,113)
Lot 284 – Joe Montana game worn 49ers jersey from 1990 ($10,408)
Lot 333 – 19 Cincinnati Red Stockings cabinet cards ($22,310)
Lot 381 – a basketball card signed “by its inventor” James Naismith ($6,533)
Lot 392 – Naismith’s copy of the first Reach Basketball Guide, 1901-02 ($7,443)
Lot 435 – Mel Ott game used bat circa 1937-40 ($24,541)
Lot 542 – Panoramic photo, Baxter Springs Whiz Kids with Mantle, 1948 ($11,573)
Lot 569 – 1933 New York Yankees team signed ball ($16,197)
Lot 657 - 10-year contract with WHA Edmonton Oilers, signed by Wayne Gretzky on his 18th birthday,( $39,524)
Lot 671 – Pele game worn Santos jersey from mid 1960s ($12,594)
Lot 835 – 1953 photo of Willie Mays used for his Topps baseball card ($4,660)
Two Honus Wagner items of note: his home in Carnegie, PA went unsold, and the 5-card strip which included his T-206 card failed to meet the seller’s reserve.
An online auction at the Lelands.com website which concludes May 27 is now live. For full prices realized and descriptions of the just concluded auction, see Lelands.com, May 2007 catalog auction.