1962 Mickey Mantle Game Worn & Signed New York Yankees Cap. After a pair of second-place finishes to teammate Roger Maris in 1960 and 1961, the Mick claimed American League MVP honors for himself in 1962, the third and final time he'd earn the distinction as the Junior Circuit's employee of the year. Mantle's 1962 stat line thunders with the bold type of supremacy, most notably the .605 slugging average and 122 walks that document his extraordinary power and the fear that it instilled in opposing pitchers.

    The 1962 World Series was a rematch of Mantle's first, though the Giants were no longer within walking distance of Yankee Stadium. It would crown the Yankees as World Champions by the slimmest of margins, Willie McCovey's potentially game-winning liner snagged by Bobby Richardson to preserve a one-to-nothing Game Seven victory for the Bronx Bombers. It would prove to be the last time Mantle tasted Fall Classic glory.

    So the rare few surviving Mickey Mantle artifacts bearing a 1962 vintage carry a considerable premium among advanced game used uniform collectors, for good reason. A notarized letter of provenance from the son of Mantle's close friend Jerry Volpe details the history of the cap. Volpe had befriended the Yankees superstar as head golf pro at the Roxiticus Country Club in Mendham, New Jersey and was gifted the offered relic that year during one of his many visits to the course.

    It's important to remember that Major League caps were not available to retail customers in 1962 like they are today, and this "Tim McAuliffe [size] 7 1/4" example perfectly matches other known Mantle exemplars from the period. The black marker number "7" under the visor is original to the piece, while the blue sharpie signature below was applied at a 1988 reunion with his old friend in Sacramento, California. The cap exhibits marvelous, sweaty game wear and the stitching at the visor has come slightly loose from the leather interior headband, to very little visual distraction. The cardboard visor insert remains unbroken.

    Provided along with the aforementioned letter of provenance is a photocopy of Volpe's obituary, which makes note of his friendship with Mantle and an impressive array of other legendary Yankees. Notarized letter of provenance from son of original recipient. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Photocopy of Volpe obituary.

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