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1948 Mickey Mantle High-School Junior Yearbook
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
High-school yearbooks of celebrities have long been a popular field of collecting. The high-school yearbooks of the greatest American icons have an especially broad appeal. Presented here is one of the more desirable examples in the world of sports: Mickey Mantle's 1948 junior yearbook from Commerce High School, located in Commerce, Oklahoma. Titled Bengal Tales, the yearbook pictures Mantle three different times, most prominently as a member of his junior class. Mantle is also pictured as a member of the football team (group photo) and a member of the basketball team (group photo). This yearbook has a special significance to Mantle's career, as such an important part of the Mantle legend is the attention his ball playing received while he was still in high school, and his signing to the Yankees' minor league team in Independence, Kansas, just weeks after graduating in 1949. Less than two years later, direct from the plains of Oklahoma and Commerce High School, Mickey Mantle conquered New York and the world both with his charisma and his playing. As far as celebrity yearbooks go, Mickey Mantle's is a classic, and it is also naturally rare, as Commerce was a very small school, with only forty-two students in the 1948 graduating class. (The entire student enrollment in 1948 was 201.) The name of the original owner, Louise Welch (she was in Mantle's junior class), is written in ink a number of times on the interior. The leather-bound book (8.5 x 11 inches) displays heavy wear, including partial separation of the covers from the spine and a large water stain that affects nearly every page. Unlike most yearbooks, this example does not feature interior inscriptions to a particular classmate, but does include a few stray notations on some of the pages. In Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823
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