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    With notarized letter of provenance from witness to the blast!

    1964 Mickey Mantle World Series Home Run #17 Baseball, MEARS Authentic. If you ever wondered how much the baseball community still cares about Mickey Mantle's World Series home run record, that answer was convincingly delivered just a year ago, when our August 2018 Platinum Night auction garnered a sale price of $1.32 million for the jersey the Mick was sporting as he clubbed numbers seventeen and eighteen. Take the most beloved figure of post-war baseball, add one of the most untouchable records in professional sports, and the collecting community will respond accordingly.

    So we have high expectations for this historic sphere, knocked clean out of Busch Stadium in Game Six of the 1964 World Series to mark the penultimate home run of Mantle's fabled record tally. It was the first pitch delivered by Cardinals southpaw Curt Simmons after he hung a curveball to Roger Maris, who broke a one-one tie with his answer. Mantle's blast would establish this sixth inning power surge as the first back-to-back World Series homers since Ruth and Gehrig.

    The included notarized letter of provenance recounts the tale:

    "This is to certify that I was present when this baseball was hit by Mickey Mantel [sic]. I was on vacation in St. Louis and a friend and myself were walking down by the baseball stadium when the ball came over the wall. Two black boys lunged for the ball, it bounced in the air, and my friend caught it. My friend wrote on the ball and sent it home with me to give to [my] dad, Sam Gurtner, who was a baseball fan always listening to baseball games. The baseball has always been in my possession until this date."

    Gunter's text is neatly and boldly inked on the side panel of the rubbed-up ONL (Giles) ball:

    "Home Run hit by Mickey Mantel, [sic] Busch Stadium, St. Louis - about 1:45 p.m. Wed. Oct. 14 1964 in World Series between Yanks & Cardinals, Yanks-Cards, Final game won by Cards 7-5, Oct. 15."

    At our online listing, you can watch the Mick launch his opposite field blast, starting at about the 31:45 mark of the Youtube video. "And there it goes, over the roof in right center," the broadcaster narrates the action.

    Though the Yankees would stave off elimination this day, they'd fall to the birds in the deciding Game Seven, and a dozen years would pass before the Yankees returned to World Series play. As such, this ball could also be considered a key relic from the Mick's final postseason victory. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. Notarized letter of provenance from witness.


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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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