Circa 1962 Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris Baseball Radio

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1773

Item Year: 1962

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The excitement generated by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris' historic pursuit of Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record in 1961 quickly resulted in the manufacture of a multitude of retail products bearing their endorsement. One of the most attractive and substantial such item from the era was a baseball-themed radio produced by Stellar. Offered here is a fine example of that classic piece. Housed within a wood case, the unit has a molded plastic front featuring the raised-relief image of a generic batter (in a Yankees uniform) displayed over the speaker panel. In keeping with the baseball motif, the green on/off knob is diamond-shaped and the tuning knob is in the form of a baseball bat. The facsimile signatures of Mantle and Maris appear along the base. We have not tested the radio for fear of possibly damaging the piece (the original electrical wiring remains intact) and, as always when dealing with very old electrical pieces, we recommend that the winning bidder first have it examined by a qualified electrician prior to plugging it in. The wood casing displays light-to-moderate wear and the unit is in Excellent condition overall. Radio dimensions: 7.25 (W) x 4 (D) x 5.25 (H) inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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