Mickey Mantle Signed 16x20 Close Up Action Photo, Inscribed "No. 7" PSA
A Mantle Photograph Worthy of the Finest Collection
Unquestionably one of the finest Mantle photographs we've owned. This one was printed and autographed by Mick way back in the 1980's. The original negative resides in the Hall of Fame collection and is unique. This is the first time we have owned this particular image, though we have seen one other over the years. Our previous attempt to purchase that one was unsuccessful - so in a sense this is our 'white whale'.
These are extremely rare! However, more significantly for us is the terrific depiction of Mickey's intensity hitting the baseball. Mantle action photos are few and far between and sought after by collectors. Close-up versions of him hitting are virtually non existent; this is specifically why we gladly 'paid the asking price' to purchase this beauty.
We constantly search for these uncommon, oversized Mantle images, preferring black and white versions because they are developed generally from original negatives. You will never go wrong buying a nice, iconic shot of Mickey. Every collection should include one. He remains the most popular baseball figure in the second half of the Twentieth Century.
The Photo Itself
To state the obvious… it's large, measuring a full 16x20 inches, simply 'making a statement' in this stately frame (by now everyone knows how fussy we are about our displays). Moreover, his black sharpie autograph, with inscription "No. 7", measures an impressive seven inches in length and is in flawless, mint condition. It contrasts perfectly against the white portion of this uniform, and the image itself is exceptionally clear and sharp. The photo remains in its original, impeccable condition, lacking any flaws. A finer example could not possibly exist.
The photographer has perfectly captured Mantle's power and acute concentration as he makes contact with a pitch. This is a unique image, and even more impressive in such a large format. In short, it makes a statement!
Our favorite NYC framing house has chosen the perfect matting and frame for this iconic photograph, keeping it simple enough so the photograph speaks for itself. Ultraviolet resistant plexiglass has been used for further protection against the elements.
If you love the Mick - or just vintage sports photography in general - this one is a must. Place it at the center of your favorite wall so all visitors will immediately focus on this great image when entering the room. This one is special… Old Time Baseball at its best for sure.
Pure Brigandi Quality - only the finest will do for us!
Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from the PSA/DNA