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Mickey Mantle Signed Limited-Edition Neil Leifer Photo - Artist's Proof 3/10 (Graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $940
Spectacular 16 x 20-inch color photograph of Mickey Mantle, taken by renowned sports photographer Neil Leifer, flawlessly signed ("10") by both Mantle and Leifer in black Sharpie along the base. The Mantle signature has been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA/DNA. This particular photo, which is a special artist's proof, is hand numbered "AP 3/10" and was signed by Mantle for Upper Deck Authenticated. It is accompanied by both a certificate of authenticity from the company as well as a corresponding hologram label attached to the base of the photo. The Upper Deck limited-edition signed Mantle display photographs by Leifer are quietly being recognized by sophisticated collectors as the finest and highest-quality series of signed Mantle display pieces ever created. Only five hundred (plus ten artist's proofs) of each of three different photos of Mantle by Leifer were created and signed for Upper Deck. Neil Leifer is regarded by many as being the finest sports photographers of his era. He was also one of the most prolific. Between the years 1972 and 1990 his photos appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated , Time, and People covers. His best-known photo, of Muhammad Ali defiantly standing over Sonny Liston after their second title fight, is considered by many to be the single greatest sports photograph of all time. The offered signed photo captures Mantle at the plate during a home game sometime during the month of July in 1964. It is one of the most famous images ever taken of the Hall of Fame slugger. This is a true wall piece of unrivaled quality. The photograph is in Mint condition and is beautifully matted and framed. Total dimensions: 26.75 x 33.5 inches. LOAs from PSA/DNA and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $940
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