An autographed game-used Mickey Mantle flannel from 1954 sold for $102,487 early May 11 in a Grey Flannel auction. The auction grossed nearly $2 million.
The Mantle jersey was among numerous historic jerseys in the sale. A Reggie Jackson Yankees road jersey worn in 1977 sold for $44,773; and a Harmon Killebrew game-used Minnesota Twins uniform, a jersey and two pair of pants from 1964, sold for $16,831.
In addition, a 1937 Yankees World Championship ring from George Selkirk sold for $31,944.
“What an extraordinary sale,” said Richard Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions. “The level of interest in Mantle and all things Yankees continues to lead the market. This auction proved once again that vintage baseball continues to gain collecting strength, perhaps moreso by today’s scrutinizing baseball fan who is grappling with certain modern day players.”
As with all signature Grey Flannel auctions, this one contained gear from other sports. Lynn Swann’s USC Trojans helmet circa 1973 sold for $9,900; Tom Brady’s 2004 white mesh jersey from his championship season with the New England Patriots sold for $9,517.
An autographed Tiger Woods Nike golf shirt, worn during his 1999-2000 tour, sold for $8,634. Woods’ tour-used and autographed “The Masters/Tiger Slam” yardage guide from 2001 sold for $6,230. In addition, basketball items showed great strength among collectors. The most unusual item in the hoops genre is Wilt Chamberlain custom-made “Searcher I” race car, which sold for $91,000.
Meanwhile, Michael Jordan’s signed Dream Team game-used jersey from 1992 sold for $18,150. Larry Bird’s game-used Boston Celtics road jersey from the mid-1980s sold for $11,595. Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s game-used Lakers home jersey from 1984-85 sold for $9,517. Kobe Bryant’s game-used road jersey from the NBA finals in 2001-02 sold for $5,445. Bernard King’s New York Knicks’ game-used home jersey sold for $8,770.