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Circa 1962 Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris Baseball Radio with Original Box
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
The excitement generated by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris' historic pursuit of Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record in 1961 quickly resulted in the manufacture of a multitude of retail products bearing their endorsement. One of the most attractive and substantial such items from the era was a baseball-theme radio produced by Stellar. Offered here is a fine example of that classic piece complete with its rarely found original box. Housed within a wood case, the unit has a molded plastic front featuring the raised-relief image of a generic batter (in a Yankees uniform) displayed over the speaker panel. In keeping with the baseball motif, the green on/off knob is diamond-shaped and the tuning knob is in the form of a baseball bat. The facsimile signatures of Mantle and Maris appear along the base. We have not tested the radio for fear of possibly damaging the piece (the original electrical wiring remains intact) and, as always when dealing with very old electrical pieces, we recommend that the winning bidder first have it examined by a qualified electrician prior to plugging it in. Both the facing and wood casing display light-to-moderate wear overall, including a small one-chip to the wood on the right side, otherwise in Excellent condition overall. The original box displays a number of moderate stains and a few small tears, and is in Very Good condition overall. Radio dimensions: 7.25 (W) x 4 (D) x 5.25 (H) inches. Box dimensions: 8.25 (W) x 5.75 (D) x 6 (H) inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $711
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