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    1963 Mickey Mantle Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey, MEARS A9. It was on May 22, 1963 that Mickey Mantle clubbed what he considered the hardest/longest home run of his career, nearly becoming the only man in history to hit a fair ball beyond the confines of Yankee Stadium, the sport's impenetrable Alcatraz. Observers swear the ball was still rising when it struck the 110-foot tall facade above the right field's third deck, its projected distance estimated at 620 feet had it met no impediment. Though that calculation is a matter of some dispute, the well-established tradition of two home and two road uniforms per season makes the probability that he was wearing this jersey at the time a much simpler math problem.

    The Mick, coming off his third American League MVP season, had inked a $100,000 contract for the 1963 season, making him the highest-paid player in the game, and establishing the benchmark from which he would not diverge for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career. Though his daring outfield play would rob the Yankees of Mantle's service for several weeks as he nursed back to health a foot broken as he snagged his spikes in an outfield chain link fence tracking a Brooks Robinson blast, Mantle slugged over one thousand for the third of four consecutive seasons during his abbreviated service, a master in his prime. It would likewise prove to be his eleventh in a dozen career American League Championship campaigns.

    As was typical for Major League garments of the day, this jersey was repurposed for secondary farm club action, and a letter from the Binghamton Triplets general manager Jerry Toman accompanies the well-worn garment, attesting to receipt of the jersey from famed Yankees equipment manager Pete Sheehy. While many uniforms were altered at the minor league level, this one remains 100% original to its time with the Mick, from the classic blue felt "NY" over the heart to the immortal number "7" on verso. Interior collar still holds the original embroidered "Mantle" swatch, and lower left front tail is tagged "Spalding [size] 44" with a handwritten "63" year identifier. That vintage is echoed at interior tail, where a "Set 1 1963" flap tag is anchored by a washing instructions label.

    The only point lost in the otherwise glowing assessment from the experts at MEARS is the combined result of minor soiling/staining and minor separation of the embroidered collar swatch, both quite typical of vintage flannel jerseys. Neither causes any significant aesthetic distractions, establishing this among the finest Mantle gamers in private hands. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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