While most of the attention was rightfully on the record-setting Babe Ruth jersey and other items consigned by his family, Saturday’s auction at Yankee Stadium also included several pieces consigned by Mickey Mantle’s sons.
Among them was a glove dating to his late career shift to first base. Carrying Mantle’s handwritten “Mick 7” notation on the outer thumb and a “Mickey Mantle, No. 7” autograph on the back side, the glove sold for $120,000.
Two Sid Mercer Player of the Year awards presented to Mantle by the Baseball Writer’s Association also drew a crowd of bidders at the live auction late Saturday afternoon. His larger 1961 trophy sold for $48,000 while his 1956 award netted $22,400.
A auction also included some personal letters written by a young Mantle to his wife Merlyn. One, dated June 1951, blew past the original $7,500-$12,500 pre-sale estimate, selling for $36,000. In all, the collection of five Mantle letters reached $79,800.
The baseball Mantle hit for his 511th home run on July 4, 1967 against the Minnesota Twins netted $36,000.