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Circa 1956 Mickey Mantle Signed Rawlings Glove Display
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $3,851
Extraordinary and extremely rare Rawlings retail display, issued in promotion of the company's Mickey Mantle model "MM" fielder's glove, signed by Mantle in blue Sharpie (grading "10") upon his image. This is the only example of this in-store advertising rarity we have ever seen and by any measure it ranks among the finest of all 1950s Mantle advertising displays. The large-format cardboard sign, which measures an impressive 31 x 19.5 inches, features a photo of Mantle in uniform on the right, and an illustration of the glove ("The Finest in the Field") on the left. The illustrated plaque below Mantle's image makes note of his 1956 Triple Crown Season and reads "Mickey Mantle - 'Player of The Year' 1956." Mantle was the king of the baseball world following his memorable 1956 season, which included yet another New York Yankees World Championship, and Rawlings obviously sought to capitalize on his popularity. The size of this sign was sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by, and Mantle's personal endorsement stamped in the pocket of the glove was probably more than enough to sway the decision of any red-blooded American boy. Its visual appeal today is no less impressive, and this piece could serve as the centerpiece to any advanced Mickey Mantle or baseball-advertising collection. The piece displays a number of minor flaws commensurate with its age and former use, including a number of moderate creases, minor surface abrasions, and a few light scratches. While technically in Very Good condition, it still presents exceptionally well, as intended, and its rarity is such that anyone holding out hopes of finding a better example will most likely be disappointed in the long run. This is the only example we've ever seen! The display has been affixed (by means of adhesive) to a cardboard backing and is matted to total dimensions of 35 x 24 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851
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