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    Mantle leads American League in homers (42) en route to World Championship glory!

    1958 Mickey Mantle Game Worn & Signed New York Yankees Jersey, MEARS A7. Part immortal, part cautionary tale, Mickey Mantle strode the same path charted by Babe Ruth before him, a man whose appetite for success on the field was matched only by his appetite for debauchery off of it. In the final days of his life, the Mick delivered a heartfelt and heartbreaking speech lamenting the choices he had made in through the years, that his hard-drinking existence had slowly dulled the instrument of his fame and ultimately cost him his life.

    But in 1958, the twenty-seven year old slugger was still riding high on the wave of his genetic gifts, leading all American Leaguers in home runs (42), runs scored (127) and total bases (307). That October he would successfully avenge the Yanks' previous season's Fall Classic loss to the fearsome Milwaukee Braves, nearly "three-peating" as the Junior Circuit's Most Valuable Player in the process. This was a Mickey Mantle at the peak of his powers.

    The heavy game wear evident in this road grey gamer suggests a leading role in the Mick's massive regular season production--MEARS indicates in its detailed letter of evaluation that the original number "7" applied to the back of the jersey is consistent with American League competition but not the 1958 World Series (which featured serifed numerals). As we know, the Yanks often debuted new uniforms for October action, so it's possible that this jersey got its start in Milwaukee in 1957, as the format is correct for that first championship battle with the Braves.

    The "New York" on the chest is a masterful restoration, and the source of all three points lost in the MEARS assessment. Veteran collectors are well aware that this is a highly common theme with vintage flannels, as the vast majority of Major League gamers saw secondary use in the farm system where the fronts were stripped but the numerals left in place. Beyond that original number "7," the jersey is definitively linked to the Hall of Fame slugger by a gorgeous embroidered swatch at interior collar reading, "Mantle 1958." The delicate felt of these swatches often suffers damage over the course of years of storage and wear, but this one is perfect. Lower left front tail holds "Wilson [size] 44" label, proper for Mantle's muscular frame. All buttons are present and original and the fabric lacks any of the staining or moth damage common to decades-old jerseys.

    The only other deviation from the jersey's natural state comes in the form of a black sharpie signature on the chest, a large and bold specimen that greatly enhances the display. This is certainly one of the most attractive Mantle gamers on the market, with enormous historical relevance. LOA from MEARS, A7. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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