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    The Mick Puts the Finishing Touches on a Hall of Fame Career.

    1967-68 Mickey Mantle Game Worn First Baseman's Mitt. The advent of the designated hitter position came six years too late for the battle-scarred body of Mickey Mantle, necessitating his move to a less demanding defensive position when his bum knees and his bad shoulder sapped his famous speed and bullet arm respectively. So, in 1967, Mantle surrendered the center field position he had so nobly commanded for the decade and a half since Joe DiMaggio's exit from the stage to assume the ground once hallowed by fellow Yankee stalwart Lou Gehrig.

    Here we present a flawlessly documented first baseman's mitt, worn during the final two seasons of Mantle's career as he gained admission to the 500 Home Run Clubhouse and put the finishing touches on the numbers engraved on his Cooperstown plaque. The top-quality Rawlings DCT mitt was first released to the collecting hobby in the famous 2003 Mickey Mantle Auction, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Mickey's widow and two of his sons. The various patent numbers imprinted on the backside of the glove appear on the certificate.

    The glove exhibits very strong wear, bolstering the notion that this had been Mantle's primary glove throughout the closing seasons of his career. Vintage black marker on the thumb identifies "Mick 7" with a small "Mantle" hidden below, almost certainly written by Mickey himself. The back of the mitt bears a 9/10 black sharpie signature from Mantle, with the desirable "No. 7" notation.

    An included "Pinnacle" modern trading card finds Mantle posing with this glove, the details a perfect match to the crystal clear image (though the "Rawlings" label has been lost over the ensuing decades). A secondary photo match comes in the form of a 1967 wire photo (also included).

    While game used lumber from this idol of the Baby Boomer generation appears on the auction block with some regularity, the same cannot be said of his leather, which remains high on many an advanced collector's want list. With family paperwork and a solid photo match ensuring ironclad authenticity of this important artifact, we expect quite a bidding battle among that sizeable population. Letter of provenance from the Mantle family. Photo match. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $75,000 - up.

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    August, 2012
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