1953-1955 Dormand Postcard Collection, Including Eight Large (9 x 12-inch) Mantles (23)

Sold For: $3,259

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 585

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 and 2010, Robert Edward Auctions presented two groups of Dormand postcards. The first 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 second collection, consisting of 132 postcards (fourteen large, including ten Mantles and four Rizzutos, and 118 small), appeared as Lot 622 in our May 2010 auction, selling for $5,581. The offered group 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 nineteen oversized Dormand postcards (including eight Mickey Mantles and eleven Phil Rizzutos) and four standard Dormand postcards (all Mantle bat-on-shoulder cards). 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) Nineteen 1953-1955 Dormand Large (9 x 12-inch): The nineteen extremely rare oversized postcards (9 x 12 inches) include eight of Mickey Mantle (bat-on-shoulder pose; four grade Ex-Mt, two Vg-Ex, two Vg) and eleven of Phil Rizzuto (four grade Ex-Mt and seven are slightly lesser due to a tiny surface wrinkle). 2) Four 1953-1955 Dormand Postcards: The four standard-size Dormand postcards all feature #111 Mickey Mantle (bat on shoulder pose, all grade Ex-Mt overall). According to the 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards these Dormand large-size cards and postcards, in Nr/Mt condition, have a total book value of $10,205 (9 x 12 Mantles lists for $1,200 each). This is a very interesting and unique original find of 1953-1955 Dormand Postcards. Total: 23 cards (nineteen large and four small). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,259

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