Mickey Mantle's 1965 contract could exceed $15,000

Mickey Mantle's 1965 player's contract for the New York Yankees is among the highlights of a sale at Goldin Auctions in New Jersey on May 9.

It's expected to make in excess of $15,000.

Mickey Mantle contract
Mickey Mantle is one of the most important baseball players of all time

Mantle's status as one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball meant he was an asset the Yankees couldn't afford to lose.

Goldin comments: "The one man the team couldn't and wouldn't dare to replace was the 32 year-old center fielder, Mickey Mantle.

"Although 15 years of professional baseball was rapidly taking a toll on his body, Mantle came alive in the '64 Series, batting .333 and tagging the young Cardinal pitchers for three home runs.

"Despite the fact that his numbers were steadily declining, The Mick's spectacular October performance ensured that his Yankees contract for 1965 gave him the same $100,000 salary he received the previous year."

Other lots in the sale include a humidor presented to Babe Ruth by the city of Boston in 1919.

It's inscribed "To The Babe Happy 24th Birthday Best Wishes The City of Boston" and was given in recognition of his spectacular rookie season for the Redsox.

He moved to the Yankees the following year, but continued to use the humidor.

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