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1961 New York Yankees Complete Signature Collection in Framed Display
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
Presented is a complete 1961 New York Yankees signature collection magnificently presented within the framework of an enormous wall display. This remarkable and comprehensive collection includes all thirty-six of the thirty-seven roster players (including Ted Wieand, who was there for the proverbial "cup of coffee"), manager Ralph Houk, coaches Wally Moses, Frank Crosetti, Jim Hegan, and Johnny Sain, owner Dan Topping, General Manager Roy Hamey, traveling secretary Bruce Henry, batting practice pitcher Spud Murray, and even the trainer and two bat boys. During the extensive JSA authentication process for the collection, the Mantle signature included was determined by James Spence Authentications to be a secretarial example. This one problem signature could of course easily be replaced. The 1961 New York Yankees are one of the most celebrated teams in history, due in part to the historic home run duel waged between the famed "M&M Boys," Mantle and Maris. The pair combined for 115 home runs, helping the Yankees establish a new single-season record for home runs by a club with 240. They also won 109 games en route to capturing the first of two consecutive World Championships. This extraordinary display piece commemorates the legendary 1961 club and features the signatures of the following forty-nine team members: Houk (Mgr.), Mantle (secretarial), Maris, Skowron, Richardson, Kubek, Boyer, Berra, Howard, Lopez, Blanchard, Cerv, Gardner, DeMaestri, Reed, Torgeson, Gonder, Johnson, Hale, Tresh, Thomas, Ford, Terry, Arroyo, Stafford, Coates, Sheldon, Daley, Turley, Reniff, Ditmar, Clevenger, McDevitt, Downing, Duren, James, Maas, Wieand, Moses (coach), Crosetti (coach), Hegan (coach), Sain (coach), Murray (batting practice pitcher), Topping (owner), Hamey (general manager), Henry (traveling secretary), Gus Mauch (trainer), Frank Prudenti (batboy), and Fred Bengis (batboy). Also included, but not part of the display, is an index card bearing the signature of Sal Durante, the man who caught Maris' record breaking 61st home run. The Maris and Kubek signatures appear together on the same cut, otherwise each of the signatures is individually mounted within the display. All of the signatures have been penned (in a variety of inks) on an index card (both lined and unlined) or sheet, with the exception of Hamey (personal check dated 5/31/66), Howard (1965 Topps baseball card), Richardson (1965 Topps baseball card), Hegan (1961 Topps baseball card), Boyer (1961 Topps baseball card), Skowron (1960 Topps baseball card), Turley (1960 Topps baseball card), Topping (portion of a contract or official legal document), Johnson (portion of a contract or official legal document), and Henry (on a New York Yankees team payroll check made out to Tommy Tresh, dated 6/30/62). The matting windows for the signatures vary in size, measuring between 4.5 x 2 inches and 2 x 1 inches, and each of the signatures is boldly penned, grading "9/10." The decorative piece also features a "pinstripe" matting, a black-and-white photo (13 x 7.5 inches) of the 1961 Yankees, and a 1961 New York Yankees program. 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 $1,527.50
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