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jla3y
01-31-2009, 03:25 AM
Hey guys, I am new to this forum and was needing to help as to figuring out exactly what I have here. About 10-15 years ago at an estate sale I was very young and with my grand-dad, and he was able to pick up a framed, matted picture of Mantle, Ford, Berra, Dimaggio and gave it to me. At the time I didnt really give much thought to it and it was hung on the wall for awhile then eventually went into my closet and I honestly havent really thought about it since. But a few weeks ago I was home from college and pulled it out and have since grew in appreciation for sports memorabilia (mainly cards)and was wondering if any of you could give me an idea of what I have, and what the chances of it being real are. I searched all over the internet and found one picture which is similar to mine, other than the fact that the person on the far right is absent in mine, and mine is signed in black ink rather than blue. Some of the signatures are faded slightly which lends me to believe it could be real, and on the back it has a scoreboard inc. sticker affixed. Any input is appreciated. Below is the picture I found.
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JerseyCoast
01-31-2009, 12:33 PM
I have seen quite a few of those over the years (minus the gentleman on the far right) If you really need to know if it is authentic or not, you would have to send it to a major sports authenticator such as PSA/DNA, or James Spence (JSA). Those are the two I would recommend. Very reputable!

Not to burst your bubble, but on the downside, if it has a Scoreboard label attached to it, I would believe that that the autos are fabricated. Scoreboard is NOT a reputable company.

Just my opinion...

Ed

JerseyCoast
01-31-2009, 12:38 PM
LOL!!

Just happened to notice that in the picture you posted, there is something very peculiar about the gentleman on the far right. Check out the hat, and check out his right hand.

Photoshop job?

jla3y
01-31-2009, 12:38 PM
thanks for the input....honestly expecing it not to be real but looking for info from people more knowledgeable than I.

xpress34
01-31-2009, 11:31 PM
First of all that 'man' on the right is Casey Stengel.

Second - as far as Scoreboard goes, at one time in the 80's and 90's they were a VERY reputable company. In fact, one of the 1st to do COAs and such.

The problem they did not forsee however was there was no Holograms or Synthetic DNA markers etc at the time and some less than honest individuals would buy Authentic pieces from Scoreboard, keep the Authentic piece and then pass off a forgery with the Scoreboard COA. Eventually this led to the demise of Scoreboard.

Some of their stuff still sells very well on the 'Bay, but like any auto piece you need to make yourself knowledgeable about the auto's you are looking at.

Google auto images of the players - check certified/authenticated auto pics from auctions and auction house sites - find as many exemplars of the autos as you can... you will also find out (as with most people) players autos do vary as well over the years but some Authenticators will swear that no ones autos difer (based on limited exemplars in their databases)...

Here is a GREAT site to make you informed about Auto Authenticators (PSA/DNA, JSA, GAI, etc) as well...

http://www.autographalert.com/index.html

In my personal opinion, if the piece is authentic, you have a very nice piece - Mantle, Berra, Ford and Dimaggio... it's really too bad no Stengel, but he may have already been deceased at the time this piece was Autographed.

If you are looking to sell, this piece could bring as much as $1,200 - $1,500... maybe more.

All the best -

Chris

jla3y
02-01-2009, 03:18 PM
Thanks again guys, and xpress in my piece Stengel isn't even in the picture, but it is most definately identical to the picture above other than the fact that he is absent. I will keep you guys posted on what I end up doing, pics of my piece added, as well as a picture of pete rose i picked up at the same auction sometime ago and no nothing about other than it appears to be an original.
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Chuck-17
02-03-2009, 12:11 PM
If you are looking to sell it then I would send it in to PSA/DNA or one of the other top authenticators before trying to sell. That will help increase the resale value.

bigtalker007
02-26-2009, 09:55 PM
If you are looking to sell it then I would send it in to PSA/DNA or one of the other top authenticators before trying to sell. That will help increase the resale value.

I would do that also, good idea.