Mickey Mantle Signed First Day Cover Collection (34)
Thirty-four signed First Day Cover cachets; ALL signed by the great Mickey Mantle. Out of the 34 total pieces, three are additionally inscribed "No.7", three signed by the legendary New York outfielders (Mantle/Mays/Snider), three feature original handdrawn sketches of Mantle himself, and three are other multi-signed pieces including one with the venerable class of Triple Crown Winners (Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Frank Robinson). Signatures rate overall 9/10 with many "Perfect Tens". Cachets themselves are pretty much mint. Try to put this collection together one by one. It'll be as tough as pitching to the Mick in his prime.
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