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Lot # 1615 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1953 New York Yankees World Champions Team-Signed Panoramic Photograph (Player Provenance!)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,888

This remarkable panoramic photograph, capturing thirty-three members of the 1953 New York Yankees, has been signed in black fountain pen by each player pictured. The white-letter caption along the base reads "New York Yankees 1953 American League." Produced by "Verna Photographers" of Brooklyn, New York, as noted by the credit in the lower-left corner. 1950s-era New York Yankees team panoramas, especially signed examples, are rare, and were usually only distributed to players and team executives. The offered photo is no exception and originates directly from former Yankees infielder Andy Carey, who presented it to our consignor in 1968 as a token of his friendship. Because of his close friendship with Carey, our consignor has always considered this signed panoramic display photo one of his most prized possessions. Unfortunately, health issues have forced him to reluctantly part with it at this time. The thirty-three players/coaches pictured here, each of whom has signed the photo upon his respective image, are Mantle, Berra, Stengel (Mgr.), Mize, Ford, Rizzuto (blue ink), Dickey (coach), Martin, McDougald, Collins, Raschi, Triandos, Bollweg, Gorman, Sain, Renna, Noren, Woodling, Silvera, Houk, Turner (coach), Crosetti (coach), Schallock, Kuzava, Miller, McDonald, Miranda, Lopat, Carey, Bauer, Coleman, Kraly, and Reynolds. The photo has also been signed by team trainer Gus Mauch and two batboys, each of whom is pictured standing to the far left. Signatures range from "2" to "9," averaging "5." The Yankees captured a record fifth consecutive World Championship in 1953, making this one of the most significant Yankees team panorama's dating from the club's golden age. We have seen unsigned 1950s-era New York Yankees team panoramas over the years from other player's estates, which indicate that the job of getting them signed, if so desired, was left to each individual player. Obviously, Carey, who was in just his second season with the club, made the effort. While we do not know how many team panoramas each player received, one thing is certain: very few examples have come to market. The only other 1953 New York Yankees signed team panorama we have seen, which according to the auction description also originated from Carey (obviously, not this example), reportedly sold for $21,300 at public auction in 2000. This is both an incredibly rare and historically significant 1953 New York Yankees display piece, made even more appealing because of its special provenance. The photo (32.75 x 7 inches) displays a few light crease and minor tears, a few of which have been repaired with varying degrees of proficiency. One repair has obscured the "3" in 1953" printed along the base, while another affects nearly all of Hank Bauer’s signature (the photo can only date from 1953 because that was Renna's only season with the club). Another more expertly repaired tear touches upon the images of both Schallock and Kuzava, while a tiny chip is evident on Miranda's image. Despite the minor flaws, the photo exhibits outstanding clarity and projects an overall Excellent appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 37 x 11.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,888

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