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Enormous Mickey Mantle 1982 "Instant Lottery" Advertisement
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,115.00
Presented is a gigantic advertising display issued in 1982 by the New York Lottery, featuring Mickey Mantle in promotion of the state's new "Baseball Instant Lottery.” The poster measures an extremely impressive 58.5 x 45 inches, and features a large photo of Mantle holding a "Baseball Instant Lottery" ticket, above which is the caption "Mickey Mantle Can Still Hit The Big One." The New York Lottery introduced the “Baseball Instant Lottery” in April 1982 to coincide with the start of the baseball season. While both the size and presence of this poster are among its distinguishing features, its interest for baseball historians lies in its subject matter: gambling. One year after promoting this lottery game Mantle was banned from baseball by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for accepting a job as a greeter at the Claridge Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. Although the job seemed innocuous to most people, Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn cited the association with gambling as grounds for placing Mantle on Baseball’s “permanently ineligible” list, the same list which included Joe Jackson and the other coconspirators from the 1919 World Series. Research has failed to uncover whether or not Mantle's involvement in this lottery promotion was also cited by Kuhn in rendering his decision, but it probably didn’t help Mantle’s case. Despite the public outcry against his decision, Kuhn refused to yield to public criticism. It wasn’t until Peter Uberroth took office in 1985 that Mantle’s name was finally removed from the ineligible list. The poster, printed on cardboard stock, displays a few light creases as well as minor corner wear, which does not in the least detract from its overall Excellent appearance. This extraordinary and unique Mantle display piece is almost certainly the only surviving example, and is one of the most impressive and interesting Mantle display pieces from any era. Framed to slightly larger dimensions. From the Barry Halper Collection. Please note: due to the size and/or weight of this item, the shipping charges (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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