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Lot # 160: Mickey Mantle Signed Oversize Original Photographs (2)

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Displayed is a pair of signed, original, oversized Mickey Mantle color photographs, each taken by our consignor. Each of the photos measures 11x14". With 536 Major League home runs, Mantle has more home runs than any other switch-hitter in history. In 1961, the lifetime New York Yankee center fielder, along with Yankee right fielder Roger Maris, chased Babe Ruth's sacrosanct single season home run record of 60 blasts, and Mantle missed crucial playing time in the late season because of a hip abscess, and Maris edged the Babe when Roger hit his 61st round tripper on the final day of the regular season. Mantle became the heir apparent to Joe DiMaggio's center field job in the 1951 season, and Hall of Famer Mantle was a 3-time American League MVP, a Triple Crown winner (1956), and a 7-time World Champion. Both photographs have the consignor's stamped name and (then) address on the back along with "(c) 1978" written in ink from an unknown hand. Each of the photos shows Mantle at Yankee Stadium, possibly for an Oldtimers' Day game in 1978. In one photo, Mantle is near the dugout bat rack, and he poses holding a bat, with Mickey using a left-handed grip. Over Mantle's head, the famous Yankee Stadium frieze can be seen. In the other photo, Mantle is also near the bat rack, holding the bat near his shoulder and using a left-handed grip. In this photo, Mantle has a big smile. Visible on Mantle's left sleeve is a Yankee Stadium 50th Anniversary patch, issued in 1973. Each of the photos has Mantle's signature, both is blue marker, and each of the autographs is written in Mantle's beautifully scripted handwriting. Both autographs were done in person by the consignor, and each signature is in high grade condition.

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