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Circa 1958 Mickey Mantle Vintage-Signed Rawlings Promo Photo
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00
Mickey Mantle Rawlings Sporting Goods promotional advisory staff premium photograph (8 x 10 inches) is signed "To Erwin - Best Wishes - Mickey Mantle" ("8") in vintage blue ballpoint pen. In this posed advertising photo, Mantle is sitting in the locker room pointing to his glove of choice, a Rawlings model with label prominently displayed, which he is wearing. This is a very amusing shot as there is no pretense of subtlety to the endorsement, and Mantle himself appears to be ready to laugh at the silliness of the pose, pointing to his own glove at the request of the Rawlings photographer. Judging from his boyish smile, this advertising photo probably dates from the late 1950s. Starting in the early 1950s, Rawlings produced a series of advisory staff advertising photos for store display featuring players endorsing Rawlings products. Sometimes the photos were also made available to customers, especially to those who wrote to Rawlings requesting them. Of the 126 Rawlings Advisory Staff Photos checklisted in the Standard Catalog, Mantle is listed as the key to the set. This is an outstanding original 1950s Mickey Mantle advertising piece with vintage signature. Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $580.00
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