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In the early 1990s, the newly-founded Upper Deck company negotiated an exclusive contract with Mickey Mantle to sign authenticated photos, bats and jerseys.  The most highly sought-after of all the Upper Deck Mantle items is unquestionably the No. 6 jersey.  The company created a Limited Edition series of replica Yankees jerseys with Mantle's original number - number 6 - stitched on the reverse.  Number 6 was Mantle's rookie number, which he wore briefly before being sent to the minors.  After 40 games with the Yankees' Kansas City Blues farm club, Mantle was brought back to the Yankees and assigned the number 7 he would wear for the rest of his career.

To capitalize on its deal with Mantle, Upper Deck intended to issue a Limited Edition of 1,951 "number 6" jerseys, each signed and inscribed by Mantle.  However, for reasons unknown, believed by many to be a contractual dispute, Mantle never completed signing the "Number 6" series.  Upper Deck has never disclosed the exact number of signed "number 6" jerseys that were issued, but it is thought by collectors to be fewer than 100.  The fact that the jerseys are hand numbered gives us somewhat of a clue, as the highest number in the series that we have been able to verify is number 64 of 1,951.

These jerseys are rarely seen on the secondary market in any venue, including public auctions.  This particular jersey - number 15 of 1,951 - is the lowest number we've seen to surface at auction.  The jersey is in perfect condition, signed by Mantle in bold, black, fiber-tip marker and inscribed with the number 6.  The jersey comes exactly as it was issued by Upper Deck almost 30 years ago, with the original Upper Deck Certificate of Authenticity, the original Upper Deck registration card, the matching Upper Deck hologram affixed on the jersey, and even the original matching Upper Deck gift box and green wrapping tissue paper.

One of the finest and most valuable of all modern Mantle collectibles, exactly as originally issued by Upper Deck.

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Incredible Mickey Mantle "No. 6" Autographed Upper Deck Authenticated Rookie Replica Jersey
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Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,200
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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