1966 Mickey Mantle Game Worn Jersey....
As such, the offered grey roadster represents one of the most desirable of the few Mantle gamers to reach the hobby's auction block. Perhaps even more important than its historical positioning is the jersey's rare status as 100% original and unaltered. Though the jersey was consigned by a former Oneonta Yankees minor leaguer who was issued the flannel treasure as a hand-me-down, neither the original navy felt "New York" upon the chest nor historic number "7" on verso were removed or replaced as is typical of most period Yankee shirts reassigned to the minors. Even the original embroidered swatch applied within the collar, reading "Mantle - 1966 - 42" remains in place, a tribute to the esteem in which the consignor held this iconic slugger. Not even a button has been replaced. The proper "Wilson [size] 42" label appears in the left lower front tail, notated with a number "66" in sweat-bled black marker, digits that are repeated just above.
Wear is very strong, though we admit that a portion of this use could be attributed to the jersey's second owner. It must be stressed once again, however, that this young ballplayer clearly prized the shirt for his more than four decades of ownership, allowing nothing beyond a few inconspicuous rust spots at the shoulders and chest to interrupt the pristine expanses of grey flannel. Our catalog imagery should properly indicate that the jersey presents exceedingly well, and would serve as a focal point in the finest of private collections. LOA from Lou Lampson.
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