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Circa 1998 Mickey Mantle Southland Bronze Figurine
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Rare Mickey Mantle bronze figurine produced by Southland Art Castings, circa 1998. The 8.5-inch-high bronze figure depicts Mantle in a batting pose and sits on a two-inch wooden base bearing a metal plaque with Mantle's name engraved upon it. A Southland label on the underside of the base lists its limitation number as "6/200." ("6" was Mantle's first uniform number with the Yankees when he came up as a rookie in 1951.) Despite the limitation number of 200, we have recently learned that these bronze figurines were produced by order only (i.e., the company did not produce 200 statues and then ship them out as orders came in; when an order came in, the company notified the foundry to produce a bronze). Also, when ordering, a customer could request the number he wanted (i.e., "1/200," "25/200," etc., if it had not already been issued). Therefore, if a statue is found bearing the number "80/200" it does not necessarily mean that that particular statue was the eightieth one produced. Given that information, and the fact that that we have only seen a few other Mantle Southland bronzse, it is highly likely that far fewer than 200 were actually produced. Our consignor obtained this figurine directly from a former owner of Southland Art Castings, who had it displayed in his personal collection for many years! It's a shame that so few of these Mantle bronzes were actually produced, for it is an extremely substantial and rare artwork commemorating the career of baseball's legendary "Commerce Comet," and one that would complement any advanced Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, or baseball-figural collection. There is a slight "nick" along the top, back edge of the wooden base; otherwise in Mint condition. Height: 10.5 inches. Oval base: 7 x 5.25 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720
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