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Some light corner touches to the top corners keep this otherwise mint Mick form scoring higher than the relatively advanced grade of NM+ 7.5 from PSA. Please click the image once to enlarge it, and then click the white icon in the bottom right corner of the enlarged scan to super-size it and see for yourself. Only at Small Traditions. Notice, too, the equidistant borders framing the iconic image of the grizzled veteran, who in 1963 earned a $100,000 salary, his highest ever. At the peak of his power in 1963, Mantle hit what may have been the longest home run in baseball history, smashing a Bill Fischer fastball of the top of the right field facade, in the bottom of the 11th inning against Kansas City, breaking a 7-7 tie. Mantle said it was the hardest ball he ever hit, and Fischer later said that the ball was still going up when it hit the iconic Yankee Stadium facade. Injury struck later in the 1963 season when Mantle broke his foot attempting to rob a Brooks Robinson home run, and he missed 61 games. When the 33-year old returned in 1964, however, so too did his power. He batted .303 with 35 home runs, 111 RBI and a Major League leading .423 OBP. The Yankees would win another pennant -- their fifth in a row -- but lose the World Series to the Cardinals. Mantle's three Series home runs, however, would give him 18 for his career, surpassing Babe Ruth (15) for the all-time record, which still stands. In all, the celebrated slugger played in the World Series in 12 of his 18 seasons in Major League Baseball and accumulated 230 at bats, 7.8% of which resulted in home runs. 1964 was his last World Series, but as the numbers tell it and as the menacing picture on his 1964 Topps card suggests, he did not go out with a whimper.

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Final prices include buyers premium: $587
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Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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