This item has a reserve (estimated value $3,000-$5,000).
The William Jacobellis Photo Collection burst on the hobby scene back in 2014, when the esteemed photographer's contact-proof original photos made a big splash at auction—most notably those of his images used for iconic 1950s Topps and Bowman baseball cards. Examples included '54 Bowman Mays ($5,000), '54 Bowman Mantle ($4,500), '55/'56 Topps Banks ($4,500) and 1952 Bowman Musial ($4,000). The upward trajectory followed a recent trend for ALL Type I original photos used in card production, epitomized by the $60,000 paid in 2012 for Mantle's 1952 Topps photo.
Now we're pleased to offer a nice selection from the Jacobellis Collection, with each well-preserved piece featuring the Jacobellis copyright stamp and having been encapsulated as "Authentic" by Beckett Grading Services. It is important to note as well that Type I "contact proofs" represent the ultimate in crystal-clear image quality and are essentially the closest thing to the negative itself. Simply put, the contact-proof development process was not employed for everyday news-service photos printed on a tight publication deadline, but rather was reserved for specialized, studio-caliber purposes such as card production by Topps, Bowman and other leading companies. It has been said that many of the Jacobellis Collection photos are unique, one-of-a-kind survivors. They measure 4x5 (with a distinctive black border) and average EX-MT condition.
Of all the card-used images in the Jacobellis Collection, this has to be one of the most significant. Mantle's 1956 Topps #135 remains an iconic fan favorite among collectors, no doubt in large part due to it being the Mick's banner season—or, as he liked to say, "My Favorite Summer." The legend could do no wrong in '56, winning the Triple Crown and AL MVP, contributing mightily to Don Larsen's Fall Classic perfecto, and bringing home another championship for the Yankee faithful. He was the all-American golden boy with the Midas Touch. He was on top of the world. And Jacobellis captured the Mantle moment perfectly in this radiant portrait, with Mickey smiling to beat the band. Stripped of the card version's colorization, this black-and-white beauty is visually spectacular and features a terrific spring-training background. Condition-wise, there is an editorial notation written along the top, an impression mark from another notation on Mantle's neck, and some general peripheral handling wear from publication usage.