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1950s Mickey Mantle Signed "Four Bagger" Game
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $4,350.00
Colorful standup "ball-toss" game from the 1950s measuring an impressive 22 x 34 inches and featuring a thirty-inch tall image of Mickey Mantle superimposed upon an illustrated baseball scene. Mantle has beautifully signed the game "Mickey Mantle No. 7" in blue Sharpie ("9/10") on the front across his shoulder. Titled "Mickey Mantle's Four Bagger," the game board contains four circular cut outs (each six inches in diameter) that are backed by either green or red plastic sacks. Each hole corresponds, respectively, to either a "Home Run," "Triple," "Double" or Single" as well as a certain number of points that are printed along the front. According to the original directions, which are still intact and mounted on the reverse, the game was played by tossing ten balls at the board, with the aim being to successfully get as many balls in the holes as possible. The player with the highest score was the winner. The original mounting poles (which attach to the back and allow the board to stand upright by itself) and balls are not included. Manufactured by Gardner & Co., Chicago. The game is constructed of extremely thick cardboard mounted onto a wood frame. This is a very sturdy game intended for both indoor and outdoor use. There is a small area of water staining along the upper left border as well as some general light surface wear from normal use. This is one of the most impressive of all 1950s player-endorsed games and is particularly ideal for display. Rare as a game, signed or unsigned, the only other signed example we can recall ever seeing was in the legendary Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,350.00
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