One of the top items at this week’s National Sports Collectors Convention has a display case all to itself. A road gray Mickey Mantle jersey, matched to photos taken of Games Six and Seven of the 1964 World Series when he belted a pair of home runs is among a bevy of current auction items you can check out.
The jersey carries an A9 rating from MEARS is in the Heritage August Platinum Night catalog and carried a current high bid of $280,000 as of Thursday night. The auction won’t close until Saturday, August 18.
Mantle’s homers–the final two of his post-season career– weren’t enough to stop the St. Louis Cardinals, who put an end to the long-running post-War Yankee dynasty by taking the Series four games to three.
The Yankees typically ordered new jerseys at the start of each World Series, then wore them again at the start of the following season and that’s the case with this example, hence the 1965 tagging.
Mike Provenzale of Heritage Auctions talked about it with us: