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    1952 Mickey Mantle Original Photograph by Don Wingfield, PSA/DNA Type 1. It's one of the most famous Mantle images ever shot, the work of renowned Yankees team photograph Don Wingfield, whose stamp appears on reverse. Wingfield's imagery has appeared in Life and Look magazines, innumerable team publications and even a variety of period trading cards. This particular shot, snapped at Ebbets Field during the 1952 World Series, was utilized for the Mantle representation in the 1951 Wheaties set. This apparent anachronistic impossibility would indicate that the Wheaties set was a multi-year issue, and one that utilized a bit of pre-Photoshop trickery as the Mick's road greys were lightened and pinstriped for a home field appearance, the Ebbets Field background eliminated in the process.

    The photo pictures Mantle in a batting pose taken before the sixth game of the 1952 World Series, a contest which saw the Yankees nursing a two to one lead going into the top of the eighth inning, trailing three games to two in the Series. A solo Mantle shot gave the Yankees an insurance run that proved to be the difference, the Yanks eventually winning the possible elimination game three to two. It's among the most iconic images of a young Mickey Mantle, from the day he saved the 1952 World Series.

    Short of a couple corner bends confined almost entirely to the white borders, the 8x10" image presents flawlessly, with secondary stamping on reverse attributing the first generation print to the collection of leading bat manufacturer Hillerich & Bradsby. A 2004 letter of provenance from John A. Hillerich IV confirms this history, and encapsulation from PSA/DNA assures Type 1 status. Letter of provenance from Hillerich & Bradsby. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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