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1949 Mickey Mantle High School Senior Yearbook (Year of Signing Pro Contract)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,057.50
High school yearbooks of celebrities have long been a popular field of collecting. The high school yearbooks of the greatest American icons have an especially broad appeal. Presented here is one of the most desirable examples in the world of sports: Mickey Mantle's 1949 senior yearbook from Commerce High School, located in Commerce, Oklahoma. Titled Bengal Tales , the yearbook pictures Mantle eight different times, most prominently as a member of his senior class, where the caption alongside his photo reads, "They're great pals, he and his baseball jacket." Mantle is also pictured twice as a member of the football team (group photo and individually), as a member of the basketball team (group photo), twice as a member of the school paper (group photo and individually as "Asst. Editor"), as a member of the senior play (group photo), and lastly, in the "Who's Who" section where he was voted "Most Popular" (posing with his female counterpart). This yearbook has a special significance to Mantle's career, as such an important part of the Mantle legend is the attention his ball playing received while he was still in high school, and his signing to the Yankees' minor league team in Independence, Kansas just weeks after graduating in 1949. Less than two years later, direct from the plains of Oklahoma and Commerce High School, Mickey Mantle conquered New York and the world both with his charisma and his playing. As far as celebrity yearbooks go, Mickey Mantle's is a classic, and it is also naturally rare, as Commerce was a very small school, with only forty-five students in the 1949 graduating class. The leather-bound book (8.5 x 11 inches) displays some wear, including a partial separation of the covers from the spine, a few stray ink notations along the first page, and a tear along the title page. Unlike most yearbooks, this example does not feature interior inscriptions to a particular classmate, and therefore has clean interior pages. Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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