Mickey Mantle Original News Service Photo
1953 United Press
Type 1 PSA
Offered here is a Type I original photo of Mickey Mantle admiring a small "Mantle Exhibit" on display at Yankee Stadium. Prominently featured as the headline of the display is a Mantle Louisville Slugger bat used to hit his famous tape-measured 565 foot home run in Cleveland.
As is always the case with Type I original photos, the clarity of this particular 9x7 inch specimen is absolutely gorgeous - you can even see the ball marks on the barrel of the bat. The reverse features the United Press original caption and is stamped with the date (APR 23 1953).
Authenticated and presented in a PSA/DNA “Jumbo Slab”
A Type 1 photo is a first generation photograph, developed from the original negative during the period. They are the most desirable and valuable of the four photograph types because of their clarity, vintage, and originality.
In a world where cards and autographs have dominated the hobby, vintage photography is an emerging genre of sports collecting that will continue to rise. These original photographs are extremely scarce with only a handful known – in many cases one of a kind! Serious collectors consider them true artifacts, as opposed to cards and other memorabilia that were mass produced for commercial sale and advertising.