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1988 Bill Gallo LE Print Collection Signed by DiMaggio, Mantle, Williams, Mays, and Others (11)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,422
In 1988 famed sports cartoonist Bill Gallo produced a series of baseball artworks titled A Look Back, that were published as limited-edition lithographs by Living Legends LTD. Two separate series were published, each featuring six different lithographs. The first series (total edition size: 5,150) consisted of individual artworks of Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Mays/Mantle/Snider together. The second series (total edition size: 5,000) consisted of individual artworks of Joe DiMaggio (two different), Mickey Mantle (two different), Mantle/DiMaggio together, and Lefty Gomez. Offered here are signed examples of eleven of those lithographs (nine different plus two duplicates), each signed by the respective player and artist Bill Gallo. It must be noted and emphasized that these lithographs were not originally issued signed by any of the respective players or Bill Gallo! All of the signatures (those of the players and Bill Gallo) featured here were obtained in person by our consignor at various signing shows during the 1990s. While it is certainly possible that other signed examples exist, these are the only lithographs from either of the two Series that we have ever seen signed by both the respective player and Bill Gallo. Each respective signature has been flawlessly scripted in blue Sharpie and grades "10." What makes this group all the more special and unique is that our consignor had Mantle add special inscriptions below his signature on four of the artworks (all of the other players have simply signed the lithographs). Series 1: Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Sandy Koufax. Series II: Joe DiMaggio (two different examples, as issued), DiMaggio and Mantle together (with Mantle adding "536 HR's" below his name), Mantle (two different examples, as issued; on one, titled The Mick, Mantle has added "No. 7" below his signature; on the other, titled On Deck Circle, he has added "MVP '56, '57 '62" below his name). In addition to the nine different lithographs listed above, the collection includes duplicates of the two lithographs picturing Mantle individually from Series II. Ideally, each of the duplicates features a different inscription by Mantle from that of the first. On the second litho titled The Mick Mantle has written "1951-68" below his name. On the second lithograph titled On Deck Circle Mantle has added "No. 7." Each litho (11.5 x 9 inches) bears a handwritten limitation number in the lower left corner and is in Near Mint condition. All of first five lithographs listed from Series II have been matted (by means of adhesive tape along the top rear border) to total dimensions of 14 x 11 inches). Without regard to the adhesive tape on the reverse, all of the lithographs are in Near Mint condition. This is an exceptional and unique collection of signed lithographs including some of the most attractive Mantle signature displays we have ever seen. Perfect for presentation in either home or office. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total 11 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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