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    Letter of provenance from Mantle's teammate Clete Boyer!

    1966 Mickey Mantle Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey, MEARS Authentic. No man is immune from the merciless passage of time, and the inevitable decline becomes all the more pronounced when an athlete's body is a Frankenstein's monster of spare parts and surgical repairs. Mantle would look back over his career many times in the years of his retirement and wonder what might have been had he taken better care of himself, had he done anything to enhance what might have been the greatest natural gifts ever implanted in a ballplayer's DNA. But even as the Mick faltered, and the once mighty Yankees followed his unhappy lead, the iconic outfielder gave his fans one last reason to cheer in 1966.

    From June 28th through July 8th, Mantle briefly found that fountain of youth, launching eleven home runs in eleven days. It was a span that more than doubled his long ball output over the the first two and a half months of the season. For what would prove to be the last time in his decorated career, Mickey Mantle was briefly once again the most dangerous hitter in baseball.

    Presented is a jersey that almost certainly had some participation in that late power surge, a thrilling home white pinstriped relic that derives from the collection of Mantle's former Yankee teammate Clete Boyer. His signed 1998 letter of provenance reads:

    "I was Mickey Mantle's teammate from 1959 through 1966. After I had left the Yankees, I asked the clubhouse man, Pete Sheehy for one of Mickey's old jerseys. He gave me Mickey Mantle's 1966 Home pinstripe shirt. It is made by Spalding, size 44, 1966 sewn in the tail, Mantle sewn in the collar, and the number 7 on the back. It has been in my collection for many years."

    While the teammate provenance and the original "Mantle" swatch in the collar assure ironclad authenticity, we must note that the "NY" logo over the heart and the number "7" on verso are replacements, the former harvested from a 1961 Jim Coates jersey to ensure a vintage fidelity to the proper format. This "NY" logo alteration was instituted subsequent to the issuance of the MEARS paperwork, which deemed the garment an A7 at that time. The original "Spalding [size] 44" label remains in the tail, along with the embroidered "66" year identifier just below, and a washing instructions label with "Set 1 1966" affixed at right edge.

    The three points lost in the original MEARS assessment relate to the restored number "7" on reverse. As was common for decades, Major League jerseys were sent to farm clubs for secondary wear, and we can see the stitching path of the later number "33" that was removed to restore the shirt to its original format. Solid wear evident. LOA from MEARS. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Video analysis by Jake Glassey, Jr.


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