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1954-1956 Rawlings Mickey Mantle Retail Glove Box
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555
Offered here is what is universally regarded as the most attractive Mickey Mantle glove box ever issued. It is also the first example of this Mantle rarity that we have ever offered. The colorful box, which once housed a 1954-1956 Mickey Mantle Rawlings model "MM4" glove, has Mantle's image not only on the lid, but also on all four sides. The lid pictures Mantle in uniform kneeling next to a large illustration of the glove, while the front and back sides of the box depict a large portrait of "The Mick". One of the many factors that sets this box apart from all others in terms of display value is the design of the two side panels, each of which pictures the same five identical photos of Mantle in uniform striking various poses: two batting (one from the left side, the other from the right), leaping, in a fielder's stance, and standing. Mantle was the king of New York at the time of this glove's issue and the striking design of the box was one that would certainly catch the eye of any youngster looking for a new glove to buy. This is a particularly rare box and we cannot recall the last time we have seen one. The box (8.25 x 8.25 x 6.5 inches) displays wear commensurate with its age and fragile nature, including two small, discreet tears on the lid, as well as a few minor abrasions and creases. Most notably, however, the box is free of any tears along the flap seams on the lid and the side seams on the bottom. Technically in Very Good condition, but displaying a much more attractive Excellent overall appearance. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,555
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