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1956 NY Yankees Signed Proclamation
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,025.00
Offered is an official proclamation signed by the entire New York Yankees team in honor of Yankee Day in Newark, which was held on June 12, 1956 in Newark, New Jersey. On 11 x 17 inch parchment paper, an astounding 36 members of the Yankee organization have signed the proclamation. Signatures include: Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Don Larsen, Elston Howard, Phil Rizzuto, Casey Stengel (mgr)., Bill Dickey (coach), Dan Topping (owner), and Mel Allen. The 1956 Yankees won 97 games on their way to a seven-game victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. Triple Crown winner Mickey Mantle, 19-game winner Whitey Ford, and the perfect game World Series performance pitcher Don Larsen led the team to victory. The city of Newark has long had a unique and significant relationship with the Yankees, with the Newark Bears serving for decades as the Yankees' longtime top minor farm team. The longtime sponsorship of Yankee radio and television broadcasts by Newark-based Ballantine Beer was also very important to the economics of the team. The proclamation memorializes the ten-year anniversary of Ballentine's sponsorship of the Yankees, and cites "The fond memories of the records established by the Newark Bears" and the "close bond of friendship between the Yankees and Newark..." The 36 members of the Yankee organization have signed below, in the large area provided for that purpose. All signatures are extremely neat and legible, in blue ink (raging from "8"to "10," averaging "9"). The entire piece has been very nicely matted and framed to a total dimension of 18 x 23.5 inches. We believe (though have no ways to state with certainty) that the matting and framing of the proclamation is original to the piece, as presented to Newark City officials. A unique and significant team signed official presentation piece from one of the great Yankee championship teams. Excellent to Mint condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,025.00
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