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Pair of 1952 New York Yankees Multisigned World-Series Balls - One with Mantle
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,444
Two signed baseballs dating, respectively, from Games 3 and 4 of the 1952 World Series. Each is an official American League (Harridge) ball and displays handwritten notations that make note of the specific place and time it was obtained. 1) Six blue-ink signatures: Casey Stengel, Joe Collins, Irv Noren, Ed Lopat, Johnny Mize, and what appears to be that of Gene Autry, the famous "Singing Cowboy" and later owner of the California Angels. Signatures grade "7" to "9," averaging "8." The blue-ink notation, "Series/Yankees - Dodgers/Oct. 3rd 1952," is boldly printed across the sweet spot. The ball displays light-to-moderate soiling (most likely a game-used ball) and is in Very Good condition overall. 2) Seven blue-ink signatures: Mickey Mantle (grading "10"), Phil Rizzuto, Casey Stengel, Gene Woodling, Gil McDougald, Jim Brideweser, and Ralph Houk. Signatures range from "6" to "10," averaging "8." There are two distinct vintage blue-ink notations on one of the side panels. The first reads "Oct 4th 1952/Wor Series/Yankees - Dodgers" and the other reads "Hit By/Johnny Mize." While it is not made specific on the ball, we do note that Johnny Mize did homer in Game 4 of the 1952 World Series; however, it could also represent a foul ball off of Mize's bat as well. The ball displays light-to-moderate soiling that is 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 conditon. This ball features an outstanding high-grade Mantle signature with the added significance of dating from his first full season in the majors and his second World Series. Total: 2 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,444
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