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Ted Williams Inscribed 16 x 20-Inch Photo Personalized to Mickey Mantle
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $8,812.50
Personally inscribed signed photos have always been a staple of autograph collecting. Player inscribed photos to fellow players, however, are rarely seen, and represent a very special form of a player's signature with an added dimension of significance. Presented here is an extraordinary Ted Williams signed photograph: a large-format 16 x 20-inch color presentation display photograph of Williams and Mickey Mantle posing together, personalized by Ted Williams to Mickey Mantle. The photo captures the two legendary Hall of Fame outfielders posing together at the Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame. Williams has flawlessly inscribed and dated the piece in silver Sharpie ("10"), "To Mickey, who could hit them a mile - One of the greatest that ever played this game - Your friend - Ted Williams 1995." This photo was most likely taken during Mantle's induction to Williams' Hitters Hall of Fame. In 1995 Ted Williams selected his top twenty hitters of all time and that group became the first class inducted into the newly opened Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, then located in Hernando, Florida. Mantle, who was ranked number twelve by Williams, was one of eight living players inducted at that time. This photo is especially poignant given the fact that it was probably one of the last times they ever saw each other. In 1995 Mantle was waging a losing war against liver cancer, and he passed away on August 13th. This is simply one of the finest Ted Williams signed photos in existence and one that was surely, albeit too briefly, one of Mantle's most prized possessions as well. In Excellent to Mint condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $8,812.50
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