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    The end of an era...

    1964-65 Mickey Mantle Game Worn New York Yankees Pants--Photo Matched! All good things must come to an end, but Yankee fans could have been forgiven for thinking otherwise as the 1964 edition faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Since Babe Ruth first donned the pinstripes in 1920, they had bundled up for October baseball twenty-nine times, never experiencing a drought longer than three seasons. Who could have imagined that it would be a dozen years until the American League pennant returned to the Bronx?

    It was truly the end of an era, not just for the franchise but also for the mighty Mick, who would never bat .300 again, nor lead the American League in any offensive category. Check his stat line and you'll see the bold text of Junior Circuit supremacy peters out at 1964, when Mantle's 1.015 on-base-plus-slugging carried him to a second-place finish in MVP voting behind our good friend Brooks Robinson.

    The offered garment spans that chasm between dominance and despair, issued to (and presumably worn by) Mickey Mantle in 1964, then matched by Sports Investors Authentication to an action photo from the 1965 season that began a long and painful lesson in humility for a city unfamiliar with the emotion. Unlike the vast majority of Yankees gamers, these pants don't appear to have ever been recycled for secondary wear in the minors, as there are no other names or numbers written inside the waistband. We find only Mantle's data repeated near the embroidered swatch reading, "Mantle 7 64 36 26ins." A "Spalding" tag adjacent to a washing instructions label anchors a "Set 1 1964" flap tag.

    Game wear is exceptional, with heavy pilling in the seat and a large team repair near the right hip that had plagued the Mick during the historic 1961 home run race. Another appears near right ankle. The included photo match documentation from Sports Investors Authentication links the pinstriping pattern to an image shot in June of 1965. LOA from Sports Investors Authentication (photo match). LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.

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