The Mick's illustrious career in pinstripes really took off in 1954 and 1955, and those two seasons set the stage for his 1956 Triple Crown and back-to-back MVP's in 1956 and 1957. Looking for the coveted #7 home Yankees flannel pinstripe and you are looking for a needle in a haystack. 1960's road Mantle gamers are "findable" and a 1960's home pinstripe comes along once in a New York blue moon. The early to mid '50's???….. well, that's another story entirely. This 1955 home Mantle pinstripe stops one or two trips to the minors short of perfection. The flannel jersey body is perfect (soft and supple) and is devoid of any excessive shoulder and upper back wear, offering a consistent mass of midnight navy pinstriping against off white flannel. The Spaulding tag in the collar with the size 44 mini tag is correct and intact with solid wear. The front has an exact interlocking felt "NY" perfectly placed in size and spec over the original. Faint traces of "FL" for Ft. Lauderdale and "Triplets" for the Yanks' farm club "Arkansas Triplets" can be seen on the front chest upon ultra close inspection in proper light. Mantle's original #7 in blue felt is still firmly affixed to the verso with its original stitch pattern sitting majestically in the upper middle torso and is perhaps more renowned than any other numbered verso save for Teddy Ballgame's home Red Sox #9. The lower left front tail sports a magnificent identifier "Mantle" atop "55-7" in vintage chain link stitching. On the inside of the tail flap adjacent to the seam is a washing instruction label and a flap tag reading "Set 1 1955". Tail tagging just doesn't come any cleaner or with such majesty as is present here. The jersey was sourced along with an Enos Slaughter home Yankees flannel from a friend of Mantle's back home in Missouri. It comes with a picture book of the two jerseys together at the friend's home in Joplin, Missouri. It may not be total perfection, but it is 100% in terms of its '50's Mantle game-used pedigree, and it does possess startling features with its original "7" plus original name and year identifiers. In 1955, Mantle hit .306 with a league leading 37 homers, 92 RBI's and an astounding 11 triples. He also led the league in on base percentage and slugging percentage, serving notice as to what would be commonplace for him over the ensuing decade. If it can't be Marilyn Monroe, then certainly Elizabeth Taylor will do. Eminently displayable from behind with the front left flap tag folded over.
Certificate No: 7388 Issued: Apr 29, 2004 Est. Value: $86,307