Included in this collection is the 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card. It is reported that this particular card is rated the second most expensive card in history trailing behind the 1909-1911 T-206 Honus Wagner card. Only a few years ago, the Bowman card sold for $600,000 providing evidence of its value and rarity.
Mickey Mantle Batting Practice Bat Signed by Ted Williams & History Letter
I want to remain anonymous because my name is too close to the players mentioned and I don’t want to compromise them. Therefore, I was at Yankee Stadium watching Mantle hit batting practice and he hit one right handed at least 400 ft to left and switched and hit one 400 ft to right batting left handed and I was amazed. I said knowing Mantle personally, “Hey Mick, sign that bat and give it to me” Mickey did and gave it to me.
A month later I was at Fenway Park watching Williams take batting practice. I said “Hey Ted, come here please”. I showed him the bat that Mantle had signed and asked Ted to sign it. Ted said “I’ll sign anything that Mick has signed” and Ted signed it on the label of the bat.
This is the history of the signed bat by Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.
(Reprinted from letter to the left)