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Circa 1962 Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris Returno "Pitch-N-Hit" Game
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $592.50
The national mania surrounding the famed "home-run duel" between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961 was not overlooked by the executives on Madison Avenue. As a result, the following years witnessed the production of many products featuring the pair's endorsement. Offered here is one of the rarest of such pieces: a Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris Returno "Pitch-N-Hit" game. This example is particularly unusual as the box has a red primary color as opposed to green as we have previously seen. This game is especially appreciated by collectors for the attractive design of the box. The lid, which features die-cut portrait photos of Maris and Mantle, can be folded back to highlight their images and display the interior contents. Portrait images of Mantle and Maris are also displayed upon the front and rear side panels. The game is essentially a practice aid that allows two players to pitch and hit without having to chase the ball. The contents consist of a Mantle/Maris ball (featuring their facsimile signatures) that is attached to a string. The string is in turn attached to a plastic base that can be mounted into the ground by means of two accompanying steel pegs. Manufactured by Returno, Inc., of Long Island, New York. The box (13L x 9D x 3H inches) displays evidence of water damage, most noticeably in the form of staining along the bottom and the right side panel. The lid displays separation along the die-cut portions of Maris' portrait, but only minor separation to Mantle's portrait, as well as minor abrasions. One of the steel pegs is missing, otherwise, the interior pieces remain in Excellent condition with the exception of moderate oxidation to the one remaining steel peg (a common flaw). While the box is technically in Very Good condition due to the staining, most of its effects are noticeable only along the base. When properly displayed the box offers a much more attractive Excellent overall appearance. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $592.50
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