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Circa 1975 Autographed Card Display Including Paige, Mantle, and Williams

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,410.00

Presented is an extremely attractive framed display from the Halper Collection, featuring an uncut sheet of sixteen trade cards of Hall of Famers that has been matted together with sixteen individual examples of each card. What makes this piece special is the fact that fourteen of the sixteen individual cards are signed by the respective players. The sixteen players represented here are Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Eddie Mathews, Satchel Paige, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Warren Spahn, Early Wynn, Ralph Kiner, Jackie Robinson, Robin Roberts, Bob Feller, and Monte Irvin. All of the players have signed their individual card across the front with the exception of Jackie Robinson and Mays (secretarial). Most of the signatures have been scripted in either blue or black marker and all grade “9/10.” This piece is somewhat enigmatic in that we haven't been able to identify the card issue. The fact that Jackie Robinson didn’t sign his card indicates that the set was probably produced after his death (1972). Of the remaining players, Paige was the next to pass away, in 1982. Thus, it seems reasonable to assume that the card set dates from the mid 1970s. Since we haven’t been able to identify the set, the possibility also exists that it was never issued. The mystery of its origin notwithstanding, this remains an exceptional signed display piece featuring fourteen of the greatest players who ever lived. The uncut sheet (11.25 x 16.25 inches) displays a moderate diagonal crease in the upper right corner (touching upon the Williams card) and otherwise appears to be in Excellent to Mint condition. The individual cards all appear to be in Near Mint condition (because of the matting process none of the corners are visible). Matted and framed to total dimensions of 28 x 37 inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,410.00


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