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Mantle’s first Yankees bat: $242,209

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A bat purported to be Mickey Mantle’s first as a member of the New York Yankees sold for $242,209 in an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale ended April 26. The bat was followed by a home Mantle pinstriped jersey from 1952, which sold for $227,856. Mantle’s 1966 signed contract sold for $25,686.

Bidders passed on a Jimmie Foxx uniform worn in 1934 during a tour of Japan team from the United States. The lot carried a minimum bid of $100,000.

Among other items that sold were:

  • Stan Musial’s 1963 home uniform for $73,409;
  • A pair of Michael Jordan-signed Nike Air Ship shoes from his rookie season for $71,554;
  • A 1973 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves game-worn jersey and pants from 1974 for $50,061;
  • Robin Roberts-signed road Philadelphia Phillies flannel jersey from 1958 for $48,871;
  • Steve Carlton’s 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series ring in its original presentation box for $44,428;
  • A 1926 Yankees team-signed ball with Babe Ruth on the Sweet Spot for $41,435;
  • A Joe Jackson cut signature for $34,243;
  • A 1979 Al Kaline game-worn Tigers home jersey for $34,190;
  • A 1969 Brooks Robinson-signed Orioles game-worn road jersey for $31,081;
  • Three Rod Woodson rings — HOF, 2002 AFC championship and ’95 AFC championship — sold for $25,076, $18,840 and $17,126, respectively;
  • Bobby Jones’ 4-iron from the 1920s sold for $23,645; and
  • Gene Tenace’s 1972 Oakland Athletics World Series championship trophy for $30,343.


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