1953 Fargo Twins Program, Lineup Sheet and Two Rare Roger Maris (Maras) Team-Issued Postcards - Maris' First Professional Season!

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1744

Item Year: 1953

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of rare items dating from Roger Maris' first professional season with the Fargo-Moorhead Twins in 1953. The Twins were a Northern League Class C affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and this collection is comprised of a 1953 program, an accompanying lineup sheet, and two different team-issued cards picturing Maris. It should be noted that Maris' birth name was "Maras" (the family later changed it to "Maris") and all of these early items feature that original spelling of his last name. The eight-page program (7.25 x 10 inches), issued for a game against the Grand Forks Chiefs, features Maris' name (first name only; all of the players are listed by first name only) handwritten in the lineup for the Twins. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 3-0 Twins victory. The accompanying lineup sheet for the game (8.5 x 5.5 inches) features the rosters for each club. An interior page of the program displays a toning outline of the lineup sheet (the sheet had been stored in the program since the time of the game); otherwise both items are in Excellent to Mint condition. The two team-issued cards (3.125 x 5.25 inches), which are blank-backed, picture Maris, respectively, in a batting pose and fielding pose. The text, located in the lower left corner on each card, reads "Roger Maris/Outfielder/F-M Twins 1953." Both cards have been encapsulated by PSA, with the batting card graded "PR 1" and the fielding card graded "GOOD 2" (both display light-to-moderate creasing). Total: 4 items (program, lineup sheet and 2 different cards). Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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