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Spectacular Mickey Mantle Inscribed Original John G. Zimmerman Sports Illustrated 1960 World Series Photo
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $2,937.50
Barry Halper's close friendship with Mickey Mantle, together with Barry's appreciation for autographs, resulted in the creation of some truly unique pieces. Case in point is this amazing item: an original 1960 World Series photograph (9 x 13 inches), taken by legendary Sports Illustrated photojournalist John Zimmerman, that bears a long inscription by Mantle commenting on the Series. The photo itself, a first generation contact print, pictures Mantle in mid-swing during Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, and would merit inclusion in any world-class Mantle or baseball photograph collection based upon its aesthetics, size, and subject matter. Mantle has personalized the photograph to Barry in gold Sharpie in the foreground, making special note of the Yankee's frustration that fall: "Barry - I still can't believe the Pirates beat us this year. It was one of my most disappointing times - Mickey Mantle - 1960." Both Mantle's inscription and signature have been flawlessly scripted and grade a perfect "10." The Yankees lost that classic series to the Pirates in seven games, with the final game decided by Bill Mazeroski's "walk off" home run in the bottom of the ninth. What made the series outcome especially hard to take for Yankee players and fans was the margin of victory in the Yankees three wins. The "Bronx Bombers" dominated the Pirates by scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0, before losing 10-9 in the final game. As noted previously, this is an original Sports Illustrated photo and it bears the magazine's proprietary stampings on the reverse, including the name of the photographer, John G. Zimmerman, and the date "10/8/60." The reverse also features a number of handwritten production notations. John G. Zimmerman is considered by many to be one of the greatest sports photographers of all time. He began his career in the late 1940s and by the 1950s had become one of the earliest staff photographers for Sports Illustrated . During a career that would span five decades he produced 107 cover shots for the magazine including five swimsuit covers. He passed away in 2002. The photo displays a few minor creases (most of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles) that do not detract from its outstanding visual appeal. Technically in Very Good to Excellent condition due to the creases, but the piece exhibits an overall Excellent to Mint appearance. The photo has been matted and framed with a window on the reverse to allow for viewing of the Sports Illustrated photo lab stampings on the reverse. Total dimensions: 17 x 21 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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