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Lot # 766 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961 New York Yankees Cut-Signature Collection in Framed Display with Mantle and Maris

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000

This large and impressive framed display piece commemorates one of the most legendary ball clubs in history: the 1961 New York Yankees. The attractive design of the piece features both a 13 x 8-inch black-and-white team photo of the 1961 World Champions and a 1961 Yankees program in the center, surrounded by the cut signatures of the following forty team members: Houk (Mgr.), Mantle, Maris, Skowron (on 1958 Topps #477), Richardson (on 1961 Topps #308), Kubek, Boyer, Berra, Howard, Lopez (on 1966 Topps #177), Blanchard, Cerv, Gardner, DeMaestri, Reed, Torgeson, Gonder, Johnson, Hale, Tresh, Thomas, Ford, Terry, Arroyo, Stafford, Coates, Sheldon, Daley, Turley, Reniff (on 1966 Topps #68), Ditmar, Clevenger, McDevitt, Downing, Duren, James, Moses (coach), Crosetti (coach), Hegan (coach), and Sain (coach). Also included are the signatures of Fred Bengis (batboy), Frank Prudenti (batboy) and Spud Murray (batting-practice pitcher). It should be noted that the signature of Mickey Mantle included here has been identified by JSA as an especially highly prized early 1950s-era example. All of the signatures, which have been penned in a variety of inks, grade "9" or "10" and each cut has been matted to visible dimensions of approximately 4.5 x 2 inches. This is a remarkable near-complete 1961 New York Yankees signature collection that includes thirty-five of the thirty-six official roster players as well as manager Ralph Houk and all four coaches. Only pitcher Duke Maas, who appeared in just one game that season, is missing for completion. The 1961 New York Yankees are one of the most celebrated teams in history, due in part to the historic home-run duel waged between the famed "M&M Boys," Mantle and Maris. The pair combined for 115 home runs, helping the Yankees establish a new single-season record for home runs by a club, with 240 (since broken). They also won 109 games en route to capturing the first of two consecutive World Championships. This is an exceptional 1961 Yankees signed display piece, with extraordinary visual appeal, ideal for prominent home or office display as intended. Total dimensions: 33 x 41 inches.

SOLD FOR $3,000

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