Pair of Rare 1950s-60s Mickey Mantle Bazooka Items - One Signed
(1) 1959 Bazooka Mickey Mantle Hank Cut and (1) 1968 Topps Posters Display Box Top (VG, signed).
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