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Vintage 1950s Mickey Mantle Single-Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $470
Official American League (Harridge) ball inscribed "To ____ (name illegible) - Our Best Wishes - Mickey Mantle" in blue ink on a side panel. Both the text and signature grade "7" overall. Sophisticated collectors have always made a sharp distinction between vintage Mickey Mantle signed baseballs dating from his playing career and the seemingly thousands upon thousands that entered the hobby during the 1980s "signing show" boom. Despite Mantle's popularity, vintage single-signed examples are rare, as in the 1950s this was not a form that collectors normally sought for then-modern stars, so today the demand far exceeds the supply. The offered ball is an excellent mid-grade example and would make a fine representative addition to any advanced single-signed ball, Mantle, or New York Yankees collection. The ball displays a few minor surface abrasions and the manufacturer's stampings are very light, but legible. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $470
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