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Helmar "R319" Big League Brew Original Card Artwork - Mickey Mantle

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,440

Unique original card artwork used to produce card #124 Mickey Mantle in Helmar's "Big League Brew" issue. On April 17, 1953, at Griffith Park in Washington, Mickey Mantle hit what is still considered to be the longest home run in history when the ball cleared the wall in left-center field and eventually came to rest in the backyard of a neighboring house. Yankees' publicist Red Patterson, never one to let a good story get away, later calculated the distance at 565 feet, thus inventing the term "tape-measure home run." Offered here is an original Helmar card artwork for the Helmar card that recreates the well-known news photo of Mantle holding his famous "tape-measure" home-run ball.

As noted, this is the actual original artwork (3 x 3.5 inches) for card #124 Mickey Mantle in Helmar's "Big League Brew" issue. The "Big League Brew" issue, which is similar in style to "R319" Goudey cards, is one of Helmar's most popular sets and, in keeping with the company's tradition, includes not only Hall of Fame and non-Hall of Fame players, but also Negro League stars, Japanese players, and even House of David team members. Cards from the set were first issued in 2010 and new cards are still being issued today! The reverse features the signatures of the artist and of Helmar president Charles Mandel, as well as noting the card number (124) and date produced ("2008"). It should be noted that although cards from the set were first produced in 2010, the artistic process preceded the actual production of the cards by a number of years. According to Charles Mandel, he first envisioned this set in 2003 but it was not until around 2007 that artistic production of the set began in earnest. Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,440

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