At the height of the Cold War, Life Magazine dutifully featured stories on communist revolutionary Josip Tito and rising democratic star Lyndon Johnson in its June 25, 1956 issue. But the pressing issue that warranted the color cover photograph was the performance of New York Yankees centerfielder Mickey Mantle. Framed to 20 x 23-3/8”, this issue is autographed by its fence-clearing subject. On the morning of the publication’s release, Mantle had lofty totals of 27 home runs, 66 RBI and a .376 batting average. Staying remarkably consistent the rest of the way, Mantle ended the campaign with 52 homers, 130 RBI and a .353 batting mark to capture the Triple Crown. Just below his smiling image, Mantle signed in blue marker (“8-9” strength) and inscribed “No. 7.” The magazine has multiple creases and cover wear, none of which affect the bold autograph. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.
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