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How much is an original autograph of Mickey Mantle worth To Mark Best Wishes Mickey Mantle in sharpie on a sports banquet program dated spring 1974?

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08/28/2008

Signatures will vary in price based on condition, the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature, the item signed, and how well the item displays the signature. Baseballs are the most common, and preferred by collectors because of it's connection to the game, low cost, availability and it displays the signature well. The signed baseball represents the average price for a signature, and by deducting or adding from this price for the Item signed accordingly will give you a good idea on value.

The lowest priced signed item would be for a "cut Signature.", and Index cards are the next step up, both sell at a fraction (about 10%-20%) the price of an autographed baseball. Autograph photos typically sell at about 40-60 percent the price of a baseball with bats, uniform Jersey's and equipment selling at a higher price due to the higher cost of the item, rarity and display.

In general if an autographed baseball is worth $100. the same autograph on a 8 x 10 photo $50. a cut signature $20. on a bat $150. The percentage of the price could also vary based on the popularity of the player, and how sought after the signature is.

A collectible item can add some value to the signatures to a degree of being more desired by a collector to display the signature, but once the collectible item is signed it becomes a display for the signature, and could lose it's value as a collectible. The bulk of the value will rely on the value of the signature. The condition of the item, the condition of the signatures, the type of authenticity that accompanies the signatures, and how well the signature is displayed.

An "autographed Sports banquet program" if signed on the cover would have a similar value as an 8 x 10 Photo with a little extra value as a collectible if tied in with Mickey Mantle. If the signature is on the inside, the Banquet program will hold more of it's value as a collectible but the signature cannot be displayed well, and will have a lower value. The signature then might have a "cut Signature" value but will be worth more with the Collectible banquet program.

Inscriptions like 536 HRs or H.O.F will add value, but personal inscriptions like "To Mark Best Wishes" will sell for less. A Mickey Mantle signed 8 x 10 photo sells for about $150.-$300. As with your signed program price will vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Part of the value will be determined by how well the program displays the signature, and how it stands out in contrast to the program.

In general I would price the signed "banquet program" cover as the same value of a signed photograph, adding extra value if the program is desired, and displays the signature well, minus the personal "to Mark Best Wishes" inscription. That would put the value at about $75. - $150. with a proper letter of authenticity. If the Sports banquet Program is the one I am thinking of, it could be worth more if the signature is on the inside. See the links below for more info on Mickey Mantle Memorabilia including a Mickey Mantle Gourmet Dinner Menu un signed that sold for $150.