Circa 1960s Mickey Mantle Single-Signed Baseball

Sold For: $711

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 906

Item Year: 1961

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Official American League (Cronin) ball signed by Mickey Mantle in blue ink (grading "9/10") across the sweet spot. This ball dates from the 1960-1973 manufacturing period; therefore, there is a greater probability that it was signed by "The Mick" during the second half of his playing career (1951-1968) or very shortly after as opposed to during his retirement years. The exact date of its signing notwithstanding, it is clearly an early Mantle single-signed ball and one that stands in stark contrast to the many thousands signed by Mantle during the 1980s "signing-show boom" that are now prolific in the hobby. While not quite as rare as Mantle single-signed balls from the 1950s, those dating from the 1960s and early 1970s are far rarer than most people realize and are highly prized by advanced collectors today. The manufacturer's stampings are light, but clearly legible and the ball remains in Near Mint condition. This is an extremely attractive, unusually high quality Mantle single on a Cronin OAL that would be a welcome addition to any Mantle, Yankees, or single-signed Hall of Fame ball collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $711

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