1953-1955 Dormand Postcard Collection Including Ten Large (9 x 12-inch) Mantles (132)

Sold For: $5,581

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 622

Item Year: 1953

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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This incredible collection of 1953-1955 Dormand postcards is from an exciting relatively recent find. In spring 2008, Robert Edward Auctions presented a small group of Dormand postcards. The collection, consisting of fifty postcards (ten large including five Mantles and five Rizzutos and forty small), appeared as Lot 657 in our May 2008 auction, selling for $11,750. The offered group, with the exception of a few examples kept by the consignor as souvenirs, represents the entire remaining balance of this original-owner collection. The gentleman who consigned this lot is a noncollector and has had these Dormands since he was a youngster in the 1950s! The collection is comprised of fourteen oversized Dormand postcards (including ten Mickey Mantles and four Phil Rizzutos) and thirty assorted standard Dormand postcards (eight different players including two Mantle bat-on-shoulder cards), plus an additional eighty-eight cards with blank backs, all of Joe Collins. 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. They were also available for purchase directly from Louis Dormand. This is an exciting find of Dormand postcards which have literally been stored away untouched since 1954. The Collection: 1) The extremely rare oversized postcards (9 x 12 inches) include ten of Mickey Mantle (bat-on-shoulder pose, all grade Ex-Mt overall) and four of Phil Rizzuto (all grade Ex-Mt overall). 2) The thirty standard-size Dormand postcards (eight different) featuring all Yankees (Ex overall but includes several Nr/Mt) includes two #111 Mickey Mantle (bat on shoulder pose, grades Ex and Vg). The balance of the postcards are #105 (3), 116 (5), 132 (4), 133 Slaughter (4), 134 (4), 135 (4), and 136 (4). Also included are eighty-eight blank-back Joe Collins cards (Ex-Mt overall). According to the 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards these Dormand large-size cards and postcards, in Nr/Mt condition, have a total book value of $17,915 (9 x 12 Mantles lists for $1,200 each, Rizzuto lists for $55). This is a very interesting and unique original find of 1953-1955 Dormand Postcards. Total 132 cards (fourteen large and 118 small). Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,581

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