Mickey Mantle's death bed note to be auctioned

Baseball legend Mickey Mantle talks to reporters at the Baylor University Medical Center in this...

Baseball legend Mickey Mantle talks to reporters at the Baylor University Medical Center in this 1995 Reuters file photo.

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Scribbled on a PGA scorecard, Mickey Mantle’s death bed letter to fans, friends and family is up for sale.

According to multiple reports, Grey Flannel Auctions will take bids on the MLB relic next month.

TMZ reports the bidding will start at $10,000 for Mantle’s handwritten note, which the New York Yankees legend scribbled a month before his death in 1995.

In it, he warned fans of the implications alcohol and drugs has on the body.

The 20-time MLB all-star died of liver cancer, cirrhosis and hepatitis at age 63.

One of the most memorable sentences from Mantle’s emotional farewell mentioned fellow New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig, who died from ALS shortly after making his famous “luckiest man” speech in 1939.

"I didn't know how Lou Gehrig could here (sic) at home plate knowing he was going to die and say he was the luckiest man on the face of Earth (sic). Now I think I know."

Mantle gave a speech at Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas), where he was receiving treatment, shortly before his death two decades ago, telling fans not to “be like” him.

During his 17-year major-league career, Mantle won seven World Series and three American League MVP awards.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.


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