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1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 7 Full Ticket - Mantle's Eighteenth and Final World Series Home Run
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $529
Rare complete full ticket for Game 7 of the 1964 World Series between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals, held at Busch Stadium on October 15th. While any complete vintage World Series ticket is an unlikely survivor and of interest to ticket collectors, this example (the first we have seen from this important game) has an even greater significance given the fact that this game featured Mickey Mantle's record eighteenth and final World Series home run. Mantle connected for a three-run home run off of Bob Gibson in the sixth inning, his third home run of the Series, but it wasn't enough to turn the tide for the Bronx Bombers, as the Cardinals held on for a 7-5 victory. The game also marked the final World Series appearance for Mantle and the end of the Yankees' long-standing baseball dynasty (it would be twelve years before the Yankees once again took part in the fall classic). The assemblage of all sixteen World Series ticket stubs from games in which Mantle hit a home run has been a very popular area of collecting for many years (Mantle hit more than one home run in two World Series games). Complete full tickets from each of those sixteen games are naturally exceedingly rare. Mantle's record of eighteen World Series home runs may never be broken, as it is an achievement dependent upon both talent and opportunity. Mantle played in twelve World Series and in the current age of free agency, wild card teams, and extended playoffs, few players can expect to be so lucky. The ticket displays a very light vertical crease running through the center, as well as a tiny area of surface paper loss on the reverse. While technically in Very Good to Excellent condition, both of the cited flaws are very unobtrusive and the ticket displays as Near Mint. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $529
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