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    Letter of provenance from Mantle's teammate Clete Boyer

    1966 Mickey Mantle Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey. 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 sew in the collar, and the number 7 on the back. It has been in my collection for many years."

    The jersey presents exactly as described, with the classic "NY" logo over the heart original and untouched, as are the "Mantle" embroidered swatch in the collar that assures attribution, the "Spalding [size] 44" label in the tail, the embroidered "66" year identifier just below, and a washing instructions label with "Set 1 1966" affixed at right edge. The four points lost in MEARS assessment relate to a speckling of brown staining on the chest, and 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, A6. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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