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Lot # 797 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris Signed Photo

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,778

Color photo (8 x 10 inches) picturing the legendary "M&M Boys," Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, posing together during spring training. Signed by each player in blue Sharpie across his respective image, with Mantle's signature grading "8/9" and Maris' grading "9." Many collectors might be surprised to learn that Mantle-Maris dual signed photos are actually quite rare. The primary reason for that is the fact that Maris passed away in 1985, just prior to the "signing-show boom." Unfortunately, the high demand for Mantle-Maris signed photos (as well as balls), coupled with their rarity, has resulted in countless forgeries entering the hobby over the years. Given the large number of problem "Mantle-Maris" photos in circulation today, sophisticated collectors have come to truly appreciate how scarce and desirable authentic examples, such as this, are in today's marketplace. To illustrate that point it should be noted that REA normally receives many Mantle-Maris signed photos for consignment every auction, but this is only the second example to pass authentication in over nine years. In apparent Near Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 14 x 16 inches. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,778

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