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Mickey Mantle Single-Signed Mini-Baseball

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $232.00

Extremely unusual Mickey Mantle single-signed mini-baseball (1.5 inches in diameter) is one of the most amusing and interesting Mantle signed items we have seen. This high-quality red-stitched souvenir baseball is similar to a Major League ball, but is, well, much smaller. We doubt that Mantle had occasion to sign many balls of this size. We have never seen another. The humorous quality to this signed miniature ball, which is very much in keeping with Mantle's personality, makes this ball all the more special as a unique and amusing Mantle signed item. In the years since Mickey Mantle's passing, we have seen single-signed baseballs of the Yankee legend rise in value from less than $100 to many hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars for signed balls with special inscriptions. Robert Edward Auctions has shied away from handling any special inscription Mantle baseballs. We never saw so many special inscription balls when Mantle was alive, and simply don't understand how so many continue to surface after his passing. But Mantle did have a great sense of humor, and did sign many items for friends which exhibited this quality. This mini-ball is one of the most interesting and highly displayable Mickey Mantle signed items we have seen which naturally exhibits the great sense of humor that was always such a large part of his personality and appeal. The ball is beautifully signed ("7/8"), especially for such a small sphere. In Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $232.00

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