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Years after his death, Mickey Mantle's autograph is still coveted. Mantle's signature continues to be a driving force in the sports memorabilia market. For most, capturing Mickey's signature as a young player is the key. The problem is that very few remain. His signature has always been a simple and straightforward, "Mickey Mantle." While his autograph evolved throughout his professional career, it has remained very legible.
In the 1950s, his signature went through some small changes, going from a very upright and innocent looking signature to a more stylish version. In 1956, this more stylish version of his signature took hold and it became slightly more flamboyant as the years went on. During much of his playing career, Mantle rarely signed. Occasionally, he signed an autograph at the ballpark, team hotel or during spring training. He rarely signed team baseballs or fan mail. It is a daunting task to find a New York Yankee team ball signed by Mantle. Typically, this was a clubhouse attendant's job. As a result of his fame, Mantle's signature has been heavily forged. Despite being a frequent signer on the show circuit in the 1980s and 1990s and part of Upper Deck Authenticated for a short time, the demand still outweighs the supply when it comes to his signature. Take extreme caution when purchasing a Mantle signature and make sure it has been properly authenticated.
The 16-time All-Star, who played hard on and off the field, died from liver cancer in 1995 at the age of 63.
Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995) is one of the most popular figures in sports history. During what many refer to as the Golden Age of baseball; more young boys idolized The Mick than any other player of the era. As the switch-hitting centerfielder of the New York Yankees, replacing Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, Mantle showcased an unprecedented combination of speed and power. In fact, Mantle’s tape-measure homeruns thrilled fans for nearly two decades (1951-1969). After injuring his leg during the 1951 World Series by stepping on a drain cover, Mantle’s speed was hindered but he remained one of the fastest players in the game. In 1956, Mantle won the Triple Crown by leading the league in batting average (.353), home runs (52), and RBI (130). That performance helped Mantle earn his first of three AL MVP Awards (1956, 1957 and 1962). This 16-time All-Star won seven World Series titles wearing pinstripes. Limited by injuries throughout his career, Mantle finished with impressive number nonetheless, including a batting average of .298, 536 home runs and 1,509 RBI. Mickey Charles Mantle was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.