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1952-1955 Dormand Postcards Near-Complete Master Set (47/52) Including Large Mantle
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,422.00
Presented is a near-complete master set of Dormand Postcards highlighted by large-format examples of Mickey Mantle and Phil Rizzuto. A total of thirty-eight different players are represented in the Dormand set, with variations, both in pose and size, existing for several. This collection contains a complete basic set of all thirty-eight players plus nine variations, and is missing only five pose variations to complete the master set. Five duplicates are also included. The offered group is highlighted by all three size variations of Mickey Mantle (3.5 by 5.5, 6 by 9, and 9 by 12 inches). Dormand Postcards were produced by photographer Louis Dormand by special order for selected players from several teams, including the Yankees and Dodgers, for use by players to honor fan requests for photos and autographs. Postcards were available one for ten cents, three for a quarter, or fifteen cards for a dollar. The large format cards were advertised for fifty cents each, and the far more expensive cost no doubt accounts for their much greater rarity today. This set maintains its original gloss and bold colors but is in overall Gd to Ex condition (seven cards are postally used) due to handling throughout the years. Keys: Two Mantle (3.5 by 5.5. Ex and Vg-Ex), Mantle (6 by 9, Vg), Mantle (9 by 12, Fr/Gd with small areas of paper loss along edges, strong presentation), and Rizzuto (9 by 12, Vg due to corner wear, excellent image area). While a number of recent finds have increased the known population of several subjects dramatically, most subjects are very hard to find, and it is extremely rare to see a complete or near-complete set inclusive of variations and size formats offered at one time. Total: 52 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422.00
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