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    Next stop, the Bronx...

    1950 Mickey Mantle Signed Joplin Miners Paycheck, PSA/DNA Authentic. Though Mickey Mantle's rookie season was 1951, few fans know that the Mick actually traveled with the Yankees for the final two weeks of the 1950 season, though he didn't play. Mickey's fielding that season had been sub-par to be sure, miscast in the role of shortstop for the Joplin (Missouri) Yankees of the Class C Western Association, where he committed an average of one error every two games at the position.

    But it was his batting that made the Big League team take notice, as he improved from an impressive .313 average in 1949 to an outstanding .383 in his second, the figure for which he was awarded both that minor league's batting championship and the opportunity to make the Bronx his home. "I never saw a player with greater promise," Yankee skipper Casey Stengel told the press. "He should lead the league in everything. With his combination of speed and power he should win the triple batting crown every year. In fact, he should do anything he wants to do."

    This spectacularly rare paycheck issued "Sept. 9, 1950" finds the greatest baseball star of the post-war era about to head off to the big city for his first taste of life as a New York Yankee. Red printed text at obverse reads, "Joplin Miners, Western Association, Yankee Affiliate," while handwriting below directs $36.94 to the rising Commerce Comet. Mantle's rare rookie-format signature endorses the check in 9/10 pencil on verso.

    Check was folded into quarters and bears bank punch coding and general handling wear, but none of these issues cause any real distractions, and none affect the eighteen-year old slugger's signature. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Authentic.

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