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1953 World Series Signed Ball with Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,851
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink by the following eleven participants and attendees at the 1953 World Series: Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, Will Harridge (AL president), Joe Collins, Tom Gorman, Irv Noren, Gil McDougald, Jack Dempsey (former heavyweight boxing champion), and one other (illegible). Signatures range from "6" to "9," averaging "7/8." The ball's World Series provenance is based upon the vintage blue-ink notation written on the ball label that reads "World Series/Yankees vs. Dodgers/Sept 30, 1953." The Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 9-5 in Game 1 of the World Series held on September 30, 1953, at Yankee Stadium. This is one of the very few balls we have ever seen signed by both Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle that dates to their active playing careers. The fact that is was signed at the 1953 World Series naturally adds to its great appeal. The ball displays light-to-moderate soiling (only a portion of the manufacturer's labels are visible) features consistent with its having been a game-used ball (as are nearly all of the balls in the B. C. Clark Collection; see introduction for full details and provenance). In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851
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