Mickey Mantle "Century" of Signed Photographs Archive w/14 PSA 10's (100 Total)
Known as the "Century Collection" as there are an incredible number of 100 signed photographs of Mickey Charles Mantle, the hottest Hall of Famer today. Yes they all measure 8x10" and 87 of them are signed by just Mantle, and the balance of 13 are multi-signed. The all important multi-signed includes Maris/Mantle/Tresh, 1974 Hall of Fame class, Mantle & Muhammad Ali, Mantle/DiMaggio/Mays/Snider, Mantle & Williams (2), Mantle & Mays (2), Mantle & Ford, and Mantle & Martin. Of the single signed there is a great period image inscribed "1951" and 1952 Bowman rookie affixed to it. The more "popular" photos including Mantle on his Commerce high school basketball team, the classic 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps rookie images, rookie photo wearing his original #6, image used for his Dan-Dee Potato Chips card and many more. Photos themselves are mint and signatures are overall 9/10 with a TON of perfect 10's. Most importantly, 14 of these beauties have been certified and graded perfect 10's by PSA: Mantle "1951", Mantle & Martin, Mantle & Ford, and eleven Mantle singles. All are directly from HUGE Mantle fan who obtained them at Cooperstown and various autograph signings.
My father Ed Kubina began going to card shows for autographs in the mid to late 1970s.The first one I remember was at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, where MickeyMantle was signing. My father brought my entire Girl Scout troop, paying their way, andgave them pictures for Mickey Mantle to sign. He told them if Mr. Mantle asked themwho to personalize it to, tell him to sign “To Ed”. After eighteen Girl Scouts and I wentthrough the line, Mickey looked up at my Dad when he finally made it through and said,“Hi Ed”.Over the years we went to every card show Mickey signed at in the Northeast. Thesewere our family vacations. My dad went to well over 100 shows through the years in hisquest for the signatures of players like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. We also went to Induction Weekendat Cooperstown every year beginning in the 1980s. This is where we met and got autographs from Roger Maris along with dozens ofother retired players.After Mickey Mantle’s death, my dad took a trip with my brother to Commerce, Oklahoma, where Mickey Mantle was born, and tookpictures. He even took a small piece off the side of the barn wall that Mantle used to practice hitting balls against when growing up.That was obsessive.- Deirdre Leary, November 2018