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Signed Baseball Photo Collection with Mantle (54 including 36 HOFers)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
This large collection of fifty-four signed baseball photos is highlighted by a vintage 1956 "Dispatch Photo News Service" photographic print signed in blue Sharpie (grading "10") by Mickey Mantle. The news service display, titled "Casey and His 'King of Swat," pictures Stengel posing with Mantle, who is wearing his "Triple Crown" while holding three bats, on each of which is written, respectively, his 1956 league-leading totals in home runs (52), RBI (130), and batting average (.353). The print (12.75 x 12.75 inches) displays light foxing, minor surface wrinkles, and a small vertical tear near the top border (Vg). Matted (by means of tape on the reverse top border) to total dimensions of 15.5 x 15.5 inches. This autographed Mantle piece is just one of the fifty-four signed pieces included in this lot and is very different than the other fifty-three items. The remainder of the collection is comprised of twenty-nine single-signed Hall of Famer photos, nineteen single-signed non-Hall of Famer photos, and five multi-signed photos, each of which features at least one Hall of Fame signature. In total, there are thirty-six Hall of Famer signatures in this collection, representing thirty-four different players. All of the photos (measuring 8 x 10 inches) are modern prints (forty-three in color, ten in black-and-white), with signatures that were obtained in person by our consignor at signing shows in the 1980s and 1990s. All are in Excellent condition or better. Each of the signatures has been rendered in blue Sharpie on the front and grades "9" or "10." Hall of Fame Single-Signed Photos (29): Aparicio, Ashburn, Barlick, Bench, Berra, Brock, Dawson, Doerr, Feller, Fisk, Ford, B. Gibson, Gossage, Kaline, Lemon, Leonard, Marichal, Mathews, Morgan, Newhouser, Palmer, Perry, B. Robinson, Schoendienst, Slaughter, Spahn, Stargell, Wilhelm, and Winfield. Non-Hall of Fame Single-Signed Photos (19): Jack Aker, Dick Allen, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., Frank Howard, Ed Kranepool, Verne Law, Jim Lonborg, Fred Lynn, Denny McLain, Dave Parker, Lou Piniella, Vada Pinson, Pete Rose, Mike McCormick, Boog Powell, Willie Randolph, Eddie Stanky, and Louis Tiant. Multi-Signed Photos: 1) Phil Niekro/Joe Niekro, 2) Tony Perez/Ken Griffey Sr., 3) Brooks Robinson/Al Kaline, 4) Ernie Banks/Pete Rose, and 5) Ralph Kiner/Johnny Mize. Total: 54 photos. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $940
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