In a kind of stunning development in the "Fuck Yogi" ball auction, it appears the Mantle family swooped in and paid the $2,750 to buy the ball from Grey Flannel Auctions.
The auction house refused to comment to Darren Rovell, but he has a source that told him the Mantles purchased the ball to "keep it out of the hands of the collector." The assumption is that if, as rumored, Mickey was a little tuned-up when he signed the ball, that the family wants to own it so it's not publicly displayed, further damaging The Mick's baseball legacy.
It's an interesting move by the family, considering Mantle wasn't bashful about his drinking exploits. Who hasn't woken up on a porch swing on a random farm?