Mantle family to auction Mickey Mantle's 1960 contract for Hurricane Sandy relief
According to the Daily News, Danny Mantle, the youngest son of “The Commerce Comet,” and ex-Yankee Joe Pepitone, who lost his Long Island home in the storm, will hold a press conference on Monday at the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., to officially announce the sale.
The auction will begin on Steiner Sports’ website on May 1 – 62 years to the day Mantle hit the first of his 536 career home runs – with the proceeds to be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which is chaired by the current First Lady of the Garden State, Mary Pat Christie.
According to Danny, the Mantles resided in Dallas for most of the year, but would move to Fort Lee, N.J., during the summers while Mickey played for the Yankees.
“We watched all those poor people on TV living in tents and freezing and we wanted to do something to help," said Danny Mantle, who credited mother Merlyn for keeping the contract in a filing cabinet so that it looks “brand new.”
Mickey Mantle hit .275 with 40 home runs and 94 RBI while leading the Yankees to the World Series in 1960, and according to the Daily News, Steiner exec Brett Schisler said that his contract could sell for as much as $250,000 – more than four times the $60,000 Mantle was paid for that season.
A Jackie Robinson glove will also be part of the relief auction as well.
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