Mantle's Yankees jersey could go for $100,000
DALLAS -- An original, unaltered-for-minor-leagues New York Yankees uniform worn by Mickey Mantle in 1963 will be sold in a public auction and could fetch $100,000 or more, according to Heritage Galleries of Dallas.
Until the 1970s, it was common practice to send major league jerseys down to the minors at season's end, said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for Heritage Galleries.
"The old numbers and logos, such as the Yankees' 'NY' over the heart, would be removed and replaced with the new team's insignia," Ivy said. "As a result, almost all other Mickey Mantle game-worn jerseys in existence today have been restored following minor league alterations."
The sale will be conducted Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, Calif., and online at www.HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
The auction also will include a Sandy Koufax game-worn jersey from the Dodgers' final season in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as the "Thrilla in Manila" boxing gloves worn by Joe Frazier when he fought Muhammad Ali in the Philippines in October 1975.
Also for sale will be a Ted Williams game-used fielder's glove and the first baseball hit for a home run by Willie McCovey, the San Francisco Giants star.
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