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1989 Billy Martin Celebrity Roast Table Centerpiece Signed By Mantle and Ford, plus Mantle signed Ball and Martin signed cut
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $470
On July 7th, 1989,' Harrahs Marina hotel casino in Atlantic City played host to "The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast." The opportunity to put Martin on the hot seat brought forth a bevy of comedians, celebrities, and former teammates, including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Howard Cosell, Alan King (who served as the roast master), Steve Landesberg, Jeff Altman, and even "The Boss" himself, George Steinbrenner. As noted in the accompanying promotional flyer for the event, the roast was being taped and was scheduled to air on NBC prior to a World Series game that fall. Offered here is the number "1" table centerpiece that sat on the main dais that night, which has been signed on the front in blue marker (grading "9") by both Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford. Also included here are two additional signed items obtained that night: a small personal memo sheet (3.5 x 3.5 inches) signed in blue ink (grading "10") by Billy Martin (Vg-Ex) and an official American League (Brown) ball signed on the sweet spot in black felt-tip pen ("10") by Mickey Mantle (Ex, with moderate toning). Together with a Harrah's promotional button and brochure issued for the roast. Total: 5 items (dais centerpiece, ball, cut, button, and promotional brochure). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $470
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