The original 1960 season signed contract of New York Yankees Hall of Fame legend Mickey Mantle will be placed on the online auction block on Wednesday, May 1, with proceeds donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
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At a news conference to be held this Monday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey, the Mantle contract will be showcased along with other rare Yankees artifacts. Danny Mantle, The Mick’s son, along with Brandon Steiner and Brett Schissler of Steiner Sports, will participate in the event and auction. The online Steiner Ground-Breaking Auction concludes on Sunday, June 2.
“My mom deserves all the credit for saving my father’s contracts in a file cabinet to preserve them,” said Danny Mantle, referring to his mother Merlyn. “The 1960 contract is in perfect condition and looks brand new. Even though it’s six months later, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy is still severely impacting many people. We decided to take the contract and put it to good use to raise some money for the victims.”
When the auction begins, it will be 62 years to the day in 1951 that Mantle hit the first of his 536 career home runs. The contract is signed by Mantle and Henry Roy Hamey, a long-time employee of the Yankees who was appointed the team’s general manager during November 1960.
More Yankees Memorabilia
The auction also includes the 1939 Yankees Championship Ring that belonged to George Weiss, another long-time Yankees employee who was the general manager prior to Hamey. Weiss served as GM from 1947 until 1960. He also was the first president of the New York Mets and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame during 1971.
This ring is gold with a single diamond on the center. Around the diamond are the words “New York Yankees World Champions.” On both sides of the ring an eagle is depicted with the words “New York 1938.”
A 1929 New York Yankees team signed baseball also is part of the auction. Signatures include those of Babe Ruth, Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig, Leo Durocher, Miller Huggins and owner Jacob Ruppert.