The Ultimate Mickey Mantle Signed World Series Home-Run Ticket Display

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1304

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Mickey Mantle's record eighteen home runs in World Series play ranks as one of the most impressive accomplishments in baseball history. Offered here is a spectacular wall display commemorating that historic feat. The elaborately designed framed piece, measuring 40 x 52.5 inches, features not only ticket stubs from each of the sixteen World Series games in which Mantle hit a home run, but individual cut signatures of the fifteen pitchers victimized by Mantle during the "fall classic" as well as a large 16 x 20-inch signed black-and-white photo of Mantle in the center. A special plaque below the photo makes special note of Mantle's record eighteen World Series home runs, while individual plaques below each ticket list all of the pertinent details from that game (date, score, pitcher of record, inning of home run, etc.). All of the tickets are mounted within the display by means of clear plastic photo hinges and can be removed if so desired. The tickets comprising the display are as follows: 1) 1952: Game 6 at Brooklyn (Vg, light vertical crease). 2) 1952: Game 7 at Brooklyn (Vg, number of light creases). 3) 1953: Game 2 at New York (Ex). 4) 1953: Game 5 at Brooklyn (Vg, number of light creases) 5) 1955: Game 3 at Brooklyn (Vg-Ex). 6) 1956: Game 1 at Brooklyn (Vg, staple holes along left border and light creasing). 7) 1956: Game 4 at New York (Ex). 8) 1956: Game 5 at New York, Don Larsen's perfect game (Vg, diagonal crease). 9) 1957: Game 3 at Milwaukee (Vg, two pair of staple holes along the top border). 10) 1958: Game 2 at Milwaukee, two home runs in this game, both off of Lew Burdette (tiny ink notation on reverse; otherwise Ex-Mt). 11) 1960: Game 2 at Pittsburgh, two home runs in this game, off of Freddie Green and Joe Gibbon (Ex). 12) 1960: Game 3 at New York (Vg, light creasing). 13) 1963: Game 4 at Los Angeles (Vg). 14) 1964: Game 3 at New York (Vg). 15) 1964: Game 6 at St. Louis (Vg). 16) 1964: Game 7 at St. Louis (Vg, two sets of staple holes). The fifteen cut signatures offered here, which are scripted in various inks, are those of Billy Loes, Joe Black, Preacher Roe, Russ Meyer, Johnny Podres, Sal Maglie, Ed Roebuck, Gene Conley, Lew Burdette, Freddie Green, Joe Gibbon, Sandy Koufax, Barney Schultz, Curt Simmons, and Bob Gibson. Signatures range from "8" to "10," averaging "9." Mantle has flawlessly signed the large central photo in blue Sharpie (grading "10"). The assemblage of all sixteen World Series ticket stubs from games in which Mantle hit a home run has been a very popular area of collecting for many years and we have seen a number of framed displays created to showcase those tickets. However, we have never seen one as comprehensive, elaborate, and beautifully assembled as this example. The framing costs alone for this piece are well in excess of $1,000! The one minor flaw, which must be noted for accuracy, but which does not detract in the least, is the fact that the 1963 Game 4 ticket and the 1964 Game 3 ticket were mistakenly transposed during the framing process, and each is mounted above the wrong descriptive plaque. (Obviously, this could easily be corrected.) The central plaque has a minor scratch and the frame exhibits light handling wear. This piece is without a doubt one of the most visually appealing Mantle ticket displays imaginable and one that would be the centerpiece of any room in which it hangs. The individual pieces comprising the display, of course, have a very substantial "break value" but the true value of this piece is as an extraordinary museum-caliber Mickey Mantle display. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,463

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