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Extremely Rare Mickey Mantle Day Pin and Pennant
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,070.00
There's rare. And there's rare. This Mickey Mantle pin and pennant are REALLY, REALLY rare! We have been heavily involved with baseball pins for 30 years. During this time, we have become aware of exactly three examples of this Mickey Mantle Day souvenir pin. This is one of the three, and the first we have ever seen offered at auction. Accompanying the pin (1.75 inches in diameter) is an original June 8, 1969 Mickey Mantle Day pennant. The pin was attached to the pennant when sold by vendors on this special day, during which the just-retired Mantle was honored by fans and his number was retired by the Yankees. We have never seen another example of the pennant. Apparently at least one vendor was prepared with these pennants and buttons, and the demand was not great. Being only a one-day dated issue, it was apparently not appropriate to offer the balance of whatever small inventory was produced at later games. It would be reasonable to speculate that whatever inventory was left over from the day was destroyed. The Mickey Mantle Day pinback features the same batting pose of Mantle as a more common stadium pin of Mantle sold by vendors at this time, but with slightly different cropping and with "Mickey Mantle Day June 8, 1969" added in bold type along the top perimeter. The pin has some very light foxing spots and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The pennant (30 inches in length) is specially designed with an as-manufactured hole in the left side trim for the attachment of the pin. The pennant is an extraordinary Mantle item in its own right, one we have never before seen, and is in Mint condition. Please note: The large blue-background Mickey Mantle Day pins which are so common in the hobby were not actually issued at Mickey Mantle Day or even made in 1969. They are "fantasy" pins, designed to satisfy the demand of collectors, manufactured in great quantities many years after 1969, probably in the very early 1980s. Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,070.00
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