The Finest Mickey Mantle No. 6 1951 Signed Inscribed Baseball PSA DNA COA

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Official American League (Budig) ball signed in blue ink across the sweet spot by Mickey Mantle, who has added his original uniform number, "No. 6," and the year, "1951," directly below his name. (Mantle wore No. 6 with the Yankees when he first debuted with the club in 1951, but his number was changed to No. 7 later in the year after he was recalled from the minors.) While there are a small number of Mantle "No. 7" single-signed balls circulating in the hobby, this is one of fewer than six Mantle "No. 6" single-signed balls we can recall having seen. Adding to its rarity is the fact that this is a "Budig" official American League ball. Budig was appointed American League president on June 8, 1994, but his name did not appear on official American League balls until the following season. Mantle died on August 13, 1995, so the window of opportunity for him to sign a Budig ball was only a few months. The rarity of both the "No. 6" notation and the ball makes this one of the most unique Mantle-signed balls we have ever offered. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.