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Lot # 886 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961 Wire Photo Signed by Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Ralph Houk

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200

Vintage wire photo, dating from the historic 1961 season, signed in black Sharpie by Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Ralph Houk. Both the Maris and Houk signatures are boldly scripted and grade "10," while Mantle's signature grades "8." The UPI Telephoto caption, dated "8/8/61," above the image describes the scene: "New York Yankees manager Ralph Houk is flanked by his two prize sluggers, Mickey Mantle (L) and Roger Maris, as he goes over the starting lineup prior to Yanks - Los Angeles Angels tilt here 8/7. Houk had been suspended by league for five days and this was his first game back. Yanks celebrated by winning 4-1." A United Press International stamp appears on the reverse, as does a date stamp reading "Aug 14, 1961." The photo (9 x 7 inches) displays a heavy vertical crease (not touching upon any of the signatures), as well as a few lesser creases and adhesive residue on the reverse from its once having been mounted. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,200

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