An extraordinary and rare 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie baseball card being sold on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, as part of Heritage Auction Platinum Night Sports Auction, will be on display for members of the New York Media at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E 79th St, at 5th Ave)) in New York on Feb. 19, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm.
“The 1952 Topps Mantle rookie has become one of the most recognizable pop culture symbols in the world,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auction. “Its profile, and price, has been rising steadily in the last few years. This example, beautifully centered and graded at a Near-Mint 8.0 will bring one collector the ultimate bragging rights.”
The earliest days of the career of Mickey Mantle are documented in this New York Platinum Night event, beginning with the 1949 contract that the 17-year old slugger signed the day of his high school graduation to legalize scouting by the Yankees. It’s the first contract Mantle ever signed. Also on offer is the earliest known payroll check from Mantle’s service to the franchise, and an array of 1952 Topps cards, the most important cardboard of the post-war era.
Also on display will be the extraordinary Andy Leonard Collection, featuring the earliest known professional baseball contract ever made available to the public. The grandson of Andy Leonard – a member of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings ball club, the team widely considered to be the first professional baseball club – has consigned the archive of baseball contracts and other paperwork dating back to the sport’s infancy.
Green Bay Packers legend Jerry Kramer supplies an array of game worn uniforms, contracts and awards, including both his jersey and his Championship ring from Super Bowl I, all of which will be on display.
The family of New York Yankees fan favorite Bobby Murcer has consigned Murcer’s keepsakes of a life’s service to the Majors, with Championship rings, game used gear and much more, while father and son Bill and Dave Christian offer their personal treasures from Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal heroics in 1960 and the glorious 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” respectively.
Further highlights on display include:
- 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA Mint 9: Estimate $200,000+
- 1933 Babe Ruth Signed Last Will and Testament: Estimate $150,000+
- 1903 World Series Game Three Program (Boston Americans): Estimate $100,000+
- 1920 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9: Estimate $100,000+
- 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball: Estimate $80,000+
- 1956 Duke Snider Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey: Estimate $50,000+
- 1973 New York Mets National League Championship Ring Presented to Willie Mays: Estimate $50,000+
- 1939 Hall of Fame Grand Opening Program Signed by 10 Members of Inaugural Induction Class: Estimate $50,000+
- 1991-92 Michael Jordan Game Worn Chicago Bulls Jersey with Berto Mourning Band, MEARS A10: Estimate $40,000+
- 1987 Phil Simms Super Bowl XXI Game Worn New York Giants Jersey: Estimate: $20,000+
- 1971-72 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl VI Championship Ring Presented to Defensive End Tody Smith: Estimate $20,000+
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