1966 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees Signed Game-Used Home Pants

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1341

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New York Yankees home pants worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle in 1966. The white flannel pinstripe pants feature Mantle's name, uniform number, year, size, and inseam measurement ("Mantle 7 66 36 26 ins") chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag in the waistband. A flag tag, reading "Set 1 1966," is located directly to the right of the strip tag. Also located in the waistband is a "Spalding" label and a laundry tag. The notation "66-7-36," pertaining to the year, uniform number, and size of the garment, is written in black laundry marker in the far right of the waistband. Mantle has inscribed the pants in blue Sharpie (grading "7") in the area of the left thigh on the front: "Best Wishes - Mickey Mantle." MEARS notes in its accompanying LOA that although the inseam is listed at twenty-six inches; it currently measures twenty-four and a half inches, indicating that they may have been shortened at some point. Aside from that, the pants are completely original, with no alterations, and display heavy wear. There is light staining on both the front and back of each leg, as well as in the waistband. The strip tag in the waistband displays a tear between the "36" and "26 ins." Examined by MEARS and deemed to be "Authentic" (the company does not numerically grade pants). This is the only pair of Mantle pants listed in the MEARS database. The late 1960s were an especially difficult period for Mantle. Hampered by a number of chronic injuries and surrounded by sub-par talent, Mantle struggled to produce at the level of his earlier days. In 1966 Mantle only appeared in 108 games, finishing the year with 23 home runs, 56 RBI, and a .288 batting average. Not surprisingly, with Mantle out of the lineup for nearly a third of the season the Yankees finished dead last, the first time that had happened since 1912. Given both the rarity and exorbitant values of Mantle game jerseys (which have auction records well into six figures), we cannot help but feel that pants, such as these, represent a particularly interesting collecting value. The fact that these are signed only adds to their appeal. This is an exceptional pair of Mantle pants, perfect for display, dating from the twilight of his legendary career. LOAs from Troy Kinunen and Dave Grob/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.
SOLD FOR $5,875

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