November 29, 2018: Sports & Americana Auction
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This is a simply spectacular card from one of the most coveted Topps subset efforts ever, the 1965 Topps World Series Game Three “Mantle’s Clutch HR,” offered here in a stunning PSA 8 Near-Mint to Mint condition. The card has the added cachet of picturing arguably the most beloved player of the postwar era, Mickey Mantle, hitting a historic home run in Game Three of the 1964 World Series. That historic homer came off of the Cardinals knuckleballer Barney Schultz and it broke the existing record for World Series home runs held by Babe Ruth. It was Mantle’s 16th World Series round-tripper; he would add two more in Games Six and Seven, ending with a record 18 as his World Series tenure would end as the Yankees faded from prominence after their incredible dynasty that began after the end of the Second World War. Adding to the charm of this remarkable pasteboard is the fact that it doesn't actually picture Mantle’s Game Three home run, but rather almost certainly portrays his Game Seven home run – his 18th and last – off the legendary Bob Gibson. So two historic Mantle home runs are pictured for the price of one. A close examination of the “photo” reveals Busch Stadium as the locale, rather than Yankee Stadium where Game Three was played, plus the pitcher is pretty clearly Gibson rather than the journeyman Schultz. Gibson’s uniform number is rather crudely airbrushed from the colorized photo, but the follow-through is vintage Gibby.
1965 Topps World Series Game 3 Mantle Clutch HR No. 134 PSA 81965 Topps World Series Game 3 Mantle Clutch HR No. 134 PSA 8
1965 Topps World Series Game 3 Mantle Clutch HR No. 134 PSA 8
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Minimum Bid: $75
Final prices include buyers premium.: $122
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
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