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1961 New York Yankees World Champions Team-Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $711.00
Large-format photo of the 1961 World Champion New York Yankees, signed in vintage blue ink by thirty of the thirty-one players pictured (missing only Bob Cerv). The club is captured in a classic team pose and the photo has been signed by the following players: Mantle (grading "3"), Maris ("4/5"), Berra, Ford, Howard, Boyer, Richardson, Downing, Arroyo, Blanchard, Stafford, Sheldon, Coates, Daley, Gardner, Hale, DeMaestri, Kubek, Clevenger, Terry, Lopez, Turley, Skowron, Reniff, Hegan (coach), Crosetti (coach), Houk (Mgr.), Sain (coach), Moses (coach), and Torgeson. The photo has also been signed by Jack Reed (not pictured), Spud Murray (batting practice pitcher), Joe Soares (trainer), and Gus Mauch (trainer). A blue-ink inscription in the upper left corner reads "To Billy ___ (name illegible)/Best Wishes." Apparently, the glossy surface was not very conducive to signing, as many of the signatures have faded over time and range from "2" to "6," averaging "4." Despite the less-than-ideal signatures, vintage signed photos of the 1961 Yankees are exceedingly rare, with this the first we have ever offered. The photo (13.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a number of minor creases and tears, nearly all of which are very unobtrusive. While technically in Very Good condition, the photo presents as Excellent. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 22 x 16.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $711.00
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