Mickey Mantle’s 1968 Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey Estimated To Sell For $3 Million At Auction

Mickey Mantle’s game-worn jersey from his last season with the New York Yankees is expected to fetch millions of dollars at auction. Mantle’s road grey flannel from the 1968 season is estimated to sell for at least $3 million at Heritage Auctions this month.

“If you’re putting together a collection of best of the best game-used bats or jerseys, Mickey Mantle is going to be up there and it’s a very limited club of people who can own a Mickey Mantle all-original jersey,” Chris Ivy, director of sports at Heritage Auctions, tells the New York Post.

1968 Mickey Mantle game-worn and signed New York Yankees jersey
1968 Mickey Mantle game-worn and signed New York Yankees jersey. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

Ivy believes there’s less than ten of these Mantle game-worn jerseys in circulation.

In Mantle’s last season with the Yankees, the three-time American League Most Valuable Player hit .237, with 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in. Overall, the Hall of Famer won seven World Series with the Yankees and cranked 536 bombs.

“Firsts and lasts have always carried elevated significance and desirability among collectors of elite sports collectibles, and if any rookie jersey were to surface in auction circuit today, the price tag would travel some distance into eight figures. The presented road grey flannel finds Mantle at the end of his long and perilous Major League journey, ending a unbroken span of nearly a half century during which a Mount Rushmore figure of the franchise — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio before him — held sway over our national pastime. It was truly the end of an era, and the start of an interregnum that would last until the arrival of Derek Jeter,” Heritage Auctions writes in the description lot.

The game-worn jersey was personally signed to Bill Hongach, who served as the Yankees’ batboy during the 1972 and 1973 seasons.

“[The jersey] made its first appearance in the hobby in 1985, and this listing includes an image of the Renata Galasso auction advertisement in ‘Sports Collectors Digest’ listing it as lot 11 in a ‘Superstar Uniform Auction.’ Ultimately the jersey was sold privately to a dealer before the start of that auction and quickly ‘flipped’ to a collector with a signed letter of provenance from that dealer (photocopy of original letter included in lot). Its most recent auction appearance was a decade ago,” the jersey’s description lot reads.

With 11 days left of bidding, the jersey is up to $960,000.

Last August, Heritage Auctions sold a Mantle game-used Yankees pinstripe jersey from 1958 for a whopping $4.68 million — making it the most expensive Mantle jersey ever sold.

Mantle also holds the record for most expensive sports card of all-time when his SGC 9.5 1952 Topps card sold for $12.6 million.

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