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1951 New York Yankees Large-Format Presentation Team Photo - PSA/DNA 1
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $414.75
Rare New York Yankees large-format team photo dating from the club's 1951 World Championship season. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as a "Type 1 Original Photograph." The photographer's credit, "Liberty Flashlight Co.," appears in the lower right corner. It should be stressed that this special display photo, which measures an impressive 20 x 12 inches, was not available to the general public. It was specifically produced as a presentation piece for Yankee players and front-office members. The design features the club in a traditional team pose at Yankee Stadium, below which, printed in white, are the facsimile signatures of all thirty-nine team members pictured, including DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra, Rizzuto, Stengel (Mgr.), Dickey (coach), Mize, Martin, Henrich, and McDougald. The white-letter caption reads "New York Yankees 1951 American League Champions." We have seen very few of these Liberty Flashlight Co. presentation photos over the years, with examples from 1951 generally regarded as the most desirable of those produced during the era. The significance of the year, of course, is that it represents the only season in which Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle played together, making this an all-the-more special Yankees photographic display piece. The photo, printed on thick paper stock, displays a few minor surface wrinkles, including one that touches upon Berra's image. However, the vast majority are relegated to the border areas and are only visible when viewed at certain angles. Technically in Very Good to Excellent condition, but clearly displaying as Excellent in overall appearance. Mounted (by means of photo corners) and framed to total dimensions of 24.5 x 16.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $414.75
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