Mickey Mantle! To this day, few names in all of sports have gone down in history as undisputed legend like his. The Mickey Mantle auction items in the 2016 Summer Premium Live Auction, which can be previewed starting July 8, make up a truly impressive collection. This is one for the history books, too.
Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) is baseball royalty. He is still widely considered to be the best switch-hitter of all time and earned a long list of championships, awards, and broke many records. He played his entire Major League Baseball career for the New York Yankees, from 1951-1968. He won baseball’s Triple Crown in 1956 and had 536 career home runs, not to mention his impressive center field record. He was an All Star for 16 seasons, played in 12 World Series, and won seven World Series Championships.
Mantle hit some of the longest home runs in the history of MLB…and he could do so right or left-handed. He most often batted left-handed since there are more right-handed pitchers in baseball, but he was known to actually prefer batting right-handed, saying that he felt stronger with his right hand. He even used a heavier bat when batting with his right.
Mickey Mantle’s career was such that even now, his is a household name. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
For any collector, Mickey Mantle items are must-have. His career and achievements were so great that there are a wide variety of items available ranging from figurines and telegrams to rare baseball cards and autographed baseballs. Values vary greatly depending on rarity and condition, so any level of collector can own a slice of Mickey Mantle history. His 1951 Bowman rookie card is still hugely popular as is any item from that year featuring him with the legendary Joe DiMaggio. Mantle’s rookie year with the Yankees was DiMaggio’s final year, whom he replaced in center field upon DiMaggio’s retirement.
His 1952 Topps card is a crown jewel in any collection. Possibly the most recognizable card in all of baseball, these are highly coveted. They are difficult to find in NM+ or better condition, so an opportunity to own one can’t be overstated. Goldin Auctions will have one in the coming summer auction, along with “The Mick’s” 1955 Yankees American League Championship ring, and so much more.
The 2016 Summer Premium Live Auction preview begins July 8, with the live auction being held August 4, 2016.