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    The Mick's Final MVP and World Championship Season!

    1962 Mickey Mantle Signed New York Yankees Player's Contract, Personal Copy. "Slight improvement. Be back in two weeks. So don't ask." The Mick felt like he had answered the question a million times, so he wrote the response on a piece of paper and taped it to his chest, turning to face any journalist who inquired about the condition his legs. At thirty-one years of age, he had played a full decade on them, his pre-game knee taping a ritual he could now do in his sleep. Quietly both teammates and fans wondered if the end of the road was near for their charismatic team leader.

    Mantle's answer was definitive--he could still play Hall of Fame-quality ball. With his proprietary blend of immense natural talent and Oklahoma grit, the Mick battled through 123 regular season games and seven more in October, earning an American League MVP Award, a World Championship ring and even the only Gold Glove Award of his career.

    Like the 1957 example that precedes this offering, the presented contract derives from the estate of the legendary Mickey Mantle, originally sold in the famous 2003 Mickey Mantle Auction and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by his widow Merlyn and sons David and Danny. The standard boilerplate document designates a salary of $90,000 for Mantle's services, the terms agreed upon with signatures from Mantle, Yankees GM Roy Hamey and American League president Joe Cronin. All ink is 9/10 or better, and the Mick accidentally started signing in the wrong spot, leaving a letter "M" on Hamey's line.

    The contract exhibits original mailing folds and minor handling wear but no damage to note. Letter of provenance Mantle family. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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