Mickey Mantle’s 1958 game jersey set a record when it was sold at auction last weekend as part of the nearly $10 million sale of Mantle memorabilia.
A fan bought a Yankees home jersey Saturday through Heritage Auctions for $4.68 million, more than double the previous record for a Mantle jersey. A 1952 Topps Mantle card in near-perfect condition also sold at auction for $4.5 million, making it the highest number of sports cards sold for the year and the fourth-highest-priced card ever. This brings the total sales price to approximately $9.2 million.
The Mantle jersey was primarily worn during the 1958 season for the Yankees. Matching photos associate the jersey with nine dates in 1958 and 1959. Mantle wore it during the team’s season opener in 1958 and at the All-Stars Showcase at Yankee Stadium after the season.
The shirt has a rating of 9.5 out of 10 and is one button short of being the original unchanged shirt.
“It’s rare to see an all-original Yankees jersey from that era,” Heritage Auctions sports auction director Chris Ivey he told CBS Sports. “…to have an all-authentic, photo-matched Mickey Mantle 1950s striped shirt with so many toys is quite a rarity.”
304 batting average in the 1958 season, with 42 home runs, 94 RBI, and 127 hits. He earned his seventh consecutive All-Star appearance that season and led the Yankees to a World Series win, his fifth with the franchise. Mantle, who played all 18 seasons with the Yankees before retiring in 1968, finished his career with seven World Series titles, 20 All-Star nominations and three MVP awards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
The jersey and card are the latest Major League Baseball items to be auctioned this year. Babe Ruth’s bat from the 1920 and 1921 seasons sold for $1.85 million in April. The bat earned a perfect score of 10. Ruth hit 59 home runs in the 1921 season, which set the single-season record at the time. A ball signed by Mike Trout from his minor league days sold for $15,600 in April, and Yankees star Aaron Judge’s 62nd hit from last season sold at auction for $1.5 million in December.