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Mickey Mantle family ring, stolen in Texas, tracked to Flint

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(01/29/13) - A sentimental piece of baseball memorabilia is on its way back home to Texas after a nearly six year journey that includes a Mid-Michigan connection.

It's a Mickey Mantle career ring. There were 536 made - one for each home run in his MLB career.

It is also Mantle's son's ring stolen from his home in Texas all those years ago and just recently found right here in Flint.

"I assumed I'd never see the ring again," says Danny Mantle. He spoke with ABC12, by phone Tuesday, from Texas.

How his ring got to Flint is quite a story.

Danny was contacted by an appraiser, in Flint, wanting a certificate of authenticity for the ring.  His name is inscribed inside the band.

Something else happened right about that same time, according to Drew Kastner. He's one of the Mantle family's attorneys and spoke with ABC12, by phone Tuesday, from New Jersey.

"The ring was traced back to the same individual who was in custody, in Texas, for being in possession of one of Mr. Mantle's other items," Kastner says.

There was now a trail to follow and it ultimately led to that Flint appraiser, Kastner says.

Police in Texas and Kastner contacted Flint Police this past summer.

"I started a dialogue with Lt. Marcus Mahan and he told us one way or the other he'd get this ring back for us," Kastner says.

Police determined the Flint appraiser, knowing it was stolen, sold it to someone in Port Huron.  It then ended up in Canada.

As part of the deal to get the ring back, the Mantle family and Kastner have agreed to not press for prosecution and not name the people believe to be involved.

Flint Police signed off on that deal.

"It just means so much to us to get this back," Mantle says.

Mantle says he is sending a special gift to be displayed at the Flint Police Department - a signed Mickey Mantle lithograph.

The family will also be sending a personal letter to the two officers involved - Flint Police Lt. Marcus Mahan and Michigan State Police D/Tpr. Dave VanSingel.

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