1971 New York Yankees Signed Stamp Book Including DiMaggio and Mantle

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1389

Item Year: 1971

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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This seldom-seen piece features the signatures of five of the New York Yankees" All Time Stars": Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Bill Dickey. The signatures of Mantle (grading "10"), DiMaggio ("10"), and Ford ("9") have been scripted in gold paint pen, while those of Berra ("9") and Dickey ("9") have been executed in silver paint pen. (The silver signatures do not contrast as well as the gold signatures against the black background. It also appears that Berra first signed his name in gold then went over it in silver.) All of the signatures appear on the rear interior cover of a publication titled Today's 1971 New York Yankees, published by Dell. The rear interior cover features portrait images and brief biographies of eight "New York Yankees All Time Stars," including the five signers. (Of the other three pictured, Ruth, Gehirg, and Ruffing, all but Ruffing were deceased at the time of publication.) This is the first signed example of this publication we have ever seen. The soft-cover book originally included photos and biographies of the 1971 Yankees, as well picture stamps of the players, but only the covers are included here (all of the pages are removed). 8.5 x 11 inches. In Excellent condition. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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