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Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio "To Barry" Signed Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,350.00
Collection of seven signed items by Mickey Mantle or Joe DiMaggio, each personalized to Barry Halper. Autographs of these legends from Barry's collection are all the more desirable as nearly all of the items signed by the pair in his collection were obtained in person. His close friendship with both men often occasioned the addition of a significant inscription as well. Offered here is a collection of seven special items that Barry chose to keep, each signed either by Mantle or DiMaggio, and each of which bears a personalized inscription. 1) 9 x 13-inch magazine page, circa 1947, picturing DiMaggio running on an indoor track. It has been inscribed in black ink (“7”) atop his image: “Barry – Didn’t know I had that many muscles – Joe DiMaggio.” The page is in Excellent condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions 12.75 x 16.75 inches. 2) 8 x 10 inch color photo of DiMaggio posing on the field. Inscribed in black marker (“8/9”): "To my friend Barry – Best Always – Joe DiMaggio." The photo displays light emulsions throughout (only visible when viewed at certain angles) as well as a few light wrinkles. In Very Good condition. 3) Softball inscribed in blue marker (“9”) on a side panel: “To Barry – My baseball career started with a ball like this.” The regulation size softball is heavily worn and the signature panel has been coated with a light layer of protective shellac. In Good condition. 4) 8 x 10-inch color photo (produced on board) of Mickey Mantle at the plate. Inscribed in blue Sharpie (“8/9”) atop his image “To Barry – My best wishes – Your friend Mickey Mantle – 1/18/85.” The photo displays light surface wear, including a few minor scratches, and a small corner chip in the lower left. In Very Good condition. 5) 10.25 x 13.25-inch color photo, taken by noted photographer David Spindell, depicting an assortment of Mantle memorabilia from the Halper Collection. Mantle has signed the piece in blue Sharpie (“10”) along the top of the white wood frame “To Barry – Good luck in your new distribution center – Your friend – Mickey Mantle.” The photo has also been signed in black marker (“8”) by Spindell, who has added the inscription “To Barry – Someone xtra [sic] special.” The photo displays a four-inch diagonal scratch in the center and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The white frame (15.25 x 18.25 inches) exhibits moderate surface wear. 6) 8 x 10-inch color photo of Mantle and Barry Halper posing together. Inscribed in blue Sharpie (“10”): “To Barry – Best Wishes – Mickey Mantle.” The photo displays slight rippling and is otherwise in Excellent condition. 7) Mickey Mantle display piece (22.5 x 15 inches) featuring a Robert Simon illustration of Mantle alongside a list of his lifetime statistics. Issued in 1985 by Cope Enterprises Inc. It appears this display was a limited-edition production, as it is numbered “5/1000” along the base. It has been inscribed in blue marker (“9/10”), “To Barry – I still think you are over married – Mickey Mantle.” Framed to total dimensions of 25.5 x 18 inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 7 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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