Mickey Mantle collectibles
Mickey Mantle memorabilia is sports memorabilia relating to the former New York Yankees baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931 – 1995).
Life and career
Mickey Mantle is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in history. He spent his 18-year career as an outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees, making his debut in 1951, and became known as one of the game’s most powerful switch hitters.
During his career Mantle played in 12 World Series’, winning seven of them, along with 16 All-Star games. To this day he holds a number of World Series records, including most home runs, runs, walk-offs, extra base hits and total bases.
Mantle retired from the game in 1969, and the Yankees retired his number Seven shirt in tribute. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, and died not long after receiving a liver transplant in August 1995.
Collecting Mickey Mantle memorabilia
Mickey Mantle memorabilia is amongst the most sought after by baseball collectors. His autograph can sell for over $1,000, with signed bats and balls valued much higher, and his game-used equipment can reach tens of thousands.
Mantle’s 1952 Topps baseball card is also the most valuable post-war sports card, and unopened packs of the 1952 series that featured it can themselves sell for thousands of dollars.
Other cards to look out for include his 1951 Bowman Rookie card, his 1964 Topps stand-up baseball card and the 1969 Topps card featuring his last appearance before retirement.
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Main article: Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps PSA 9
Notable memorabilia sales
In 1999 at a Sotheby’s auction, a unique baseball glove worn by Mantle during the 1960 season was bought by the actor Billy Crystal for a price of $239,000.
In September 2004 a 1963 Mickey Mantle game-worn New York Yankees jersey was sold by Heritage for a price of $143,400.
In April 2008 Mantle’s game-used 1958 World Series bat was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for a price of $91,000.
In 2001 a Gem-Mint 10 condition Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card was sold in a private sale through Superior Sports auctions for a price of $275,000. The card was one of only three examples ever graded at this level, and is known as the Roehrig-Garcia Specimen.
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