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1951 New York Yankees Complete Signature Collection in Framed Display (53 Signatures)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,997.50
Complete in number and striking in its presentation, this remarkable 1951 New York Yankees signature collection includes all forty-one players who appeared on the Yankees roster that year, as well as manager Casey Stengel, coaches Bill Dickey, Frank Crosetti, Tommy Henrich, and Jim Turner, owners Dan Topping and Del Webb, general manager George Weiss, longtime announcer Mel Allen, and even the team's trainer and two batboys. The 1951 World Champion New York Yankees will forever be remembered as one of the most memorable clubs in franchise history, for that season was the only one in which Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle played together. The transition from DiMaggio to Mantle in center field was obviously a smooth one, as the team won a record five consecutive World Championships from 1949 through 1953. This incredible wall display commemorates the club's historic 1951 season and features the cut signatures of the following fifty-three team members: Stengel (Mgr.), DiMaggio, Mantle, Mize, Coleman, Rizzuto, Brown, Bauer, Woodling, Berra, McDougald (Rookie of the Year), Collins, Jensen, Martin, Hopp, Mapes, Silvera, Johnson, Cerv, Wilson, Houk, Brideweser, Courtney, Lopat, Raschi, Reynolds, Morgan, Kuzava, Ostrowski, Shea, Schallock, Byrne, Sain, Hogue, Ferrick, Overmire, Kramer, Wiesler, Sanford, Muncrief, Nevel, Porterfield, Dickey (coach), Crosetti (coach), Henrich (coach), Turner (coach), Topping (team owner), Webb (team owner), Weiss (general manager), Mel Allen (announcer), Gus Mauch (team trainer), Joe Cali (batboy), and Joe Carrieri (bat boy). The signatures of Topping, Webb, and Weiss appear together on a portion of a contract, otherwise, each of the signatures is individually mounted within the display. All of the signatures have been penned (in a variety of inks) on a portion of an index card (both lined and unlined) or sheet, with the exception of Mantle (2 x 3-inch non-vintage color photo), Coleman (2.25 x 3.25-inch non-vintage color photo), McDougald (1953 Topps reproduction baseball card), Sain (1953 Topps reproduction baseball card), Dickey (Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard), Rizzuto (Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard), Cerv (portion of stationery bearing the Yankees logo) and the aforementioned Topping, Webb, and Weiss (together on a portion of a contract). The matting windows for the signatures vary in size, measuring between 5.25 x 2.75 inches and 2 x 1 inches, and each of the signatures is boldly penned, ranging between "8" and "10," averaging "9/10." The decorative piece also features a "pinstripe" matting, a black-and-white photo (13 x 7.5 inches) of the 1951 Yankees, and a replica 1951 "Golden Anniversary" sleeve patch. The assembly of this collection is the result of many years of serious collecting, with a determination and vision to create this museum-caliber display. The assembly of a similar display today would entail a great deal of time, effort, and money, all the more so considering the fact that nearly all of the players represented here are deceased. Total dimensions: 33 x 41.5 inches. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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