The guys on Pawn Stars see all kinds of historical artifacts come into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Over the years, they’ve bought and sold shipwreck treasure, antique guns owned by Buffalo Bill, and so much more. More often than not, the stories attached to the items are even more interesting than the items themselves. However, sometimes, all a seller has is a story.
Back in season 9 of Pawn Stars, a customer named Dan walked into the shop hoping to sell a Bible. Immediately, Corey seemed disinterested. When Dan told him he wanted to sell a Bible, Corey said, “Man, it had better be pretty old because there’s a lot of them out there.” Dan’s Good Book was more than old. It contained a letter written by the late great Mickey Mantle.
This got the Pawn Stars crew’s attention. Their interest only grew when Dan revealed that Mantle wrote the letter to his friend and teammate Roger Maris. To make it even better, Mantle wrote the letter during one of his many trips to rehab. The content of the letter, though, made Corey second guess the letter’s authenticity.
He said that it sounded too “preachy” to be from Mickey Mantle. Then, he asked Dan if he had the letter authenticated before bringing it in. He hadn’t. So, in true Pawn Stars fashion, Corey called an expert. Steve from Professional Sports Authenticator was more than happy to come check out the piece.
The Pawn Stars Crew Spots a Fake
The Pawn Stars crew brought Steve up to speed on the Bible and his eyes lit up. He said that any correspondence between Mantle and Maris would be worth a pretty penny. Then, he started looking at the letter. That’s where things started to fall apart.
First, the letter is written in what looks like neat cursive. However, when Steve pulled up some examples of Mantle’s writing from the time it’s rather sloppy. Furthermore, Mantle used block lettering instead of cursive. Strike one.
Then, there was the content of the letter. The Pawn Stars crew was already on the fence, but Steve helped push them over the edge. He was surprised to see something so flowery and preachy from Mantle. Most of what he had seen from the former Yankee had been laced with profanity. So, that was strike two.
Then, Steve looked at the signature. At that time, Mickey Mantle was making a fortune signing autographs. So, there are plenty of examples out there. His signature had speed, flow, and spontaneity. The one in the Bible looked like someone took their time to sign a neat and perfect signature. So, that was strike three. Dan was out of there.