A signed jersey worn by the legendary Mickey Mantle when he blasted the next-to-last home run of his storied career could fetch $1 million at auction this weekend.
A personal Hall of Fame “plaque” of the great Jackie Robinson that made no mention of his breaking the color barrier and a rare jersey worn by fellow Brooklyn Dodger Sandy Koufax are among the big-ticket highlights of sports memorabilia up for bid.
The Mick’s 535th round-tripper — a blast into the upper deck off Detroit’s Tiger Stadium — is equally memorable because righty hurler Denny McLain admittedly served it up on a silver platter, feeding the aging slugger nothing but fastballs.
McLain — who was en route to his 31st win in an MVP and Cy Young-winning season for the eventual World Series champs — told The Post he has never regretted his Sept. 19, 1968 “gift,” which at the time placed Mantle third on the all-time home run list behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.
“Mickey Mantle was my idol,” McLain said. “It was the right situation: We had clinched the pennant and were up 6-1 in the game. It wasn’t like he was going to hit a six-run homer.”
The historic road grey flannel No. 7 jersey was identified by Mantle, who gave it to his friend, Tom Catal, the former president of the Mickey Mantle Museum in Cooperstown. Catal’s handwritten letter of provenance documents his friendship with Mantle, who inscribed the jersey: “To Tom, A Great Friend Always, ‘The Mick.’”
The jersey — part of Heritage Auctions’ Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction — has a reserve price of $825,000 and could top $1 million when bidding concludes Saturday night.
In 2017, Heritage auctioned off the same Mantle jersey for $486,000, spokesman for the Texas-based company said, noting the buyer and seller wished to remain anonymous.
Among the star-studded items under the hammer is a 1956 Koufax game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey — reserve price $700,000 — believed to be the sole surviving threads the legendary lefty wore at hallowed Ebbets Field, and the personal edition of Jackie Robinson’s Hall of Fame plaque, presented to him on July 23, 1962.
Robinson’s bronze plaque in Cooperstown was changed in 2008 to note he “displayed tremendous courage and poise in 1947 when he integrated the modern Major Leagues in the face of intense adversity.” His original, as per Jackie’s instructions, celebrated his on-field exploits.