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1953 Mickey Mantle Vintage-Signed J. D. McCarthy Postcard
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $4,112.50
As a child living in New York in 1953, imagine the thrill it must have been to open the mailbox one day and find this special piece: a real-photo postcard inscribed by Mickey Mantle. This postcard is one of a series produced by J. D. McCarthy, the legendary postcard manufacturer who long ago produced real-photo postcards for many players. The postcard, which pictures Mantle posing on the field at Comiskey Park in Chicago, has been beautifully inscribed in blue ink (grading “9/10”), “Best Wishes Mickey Mantle.” The recipient’s name and address appear on the reverse and the card is postmarked “Baxter Springs, Kansas, Jan 1, 1953.” Ideally, the recipient of this card is also the consignor of the piece. It has remained in his sole possession these past fifty-four years. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays two strips of adhesive residue from tape on the reverse from having once been neatly mounted in an album and is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an ideal Mantle vintage-signed piece, dating from the days when ballplayers actually sent signed postcards to their young fans, and one that is further enhanced by the provenance of being saved by and consigned by the original recipient. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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