Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Of Mickey Mantle's business ventures, one of the most successful was his investment in a Holiday Inn motel in Joplin, Missouri. The travel lodge, christened Mickey Mantle's Holiday Inn, was a tourist destination in its own right, complete with modern amenities such as air conditioning, in-ground swimming pool, and a baseball-themed sports lounge and bar containing a trophy case of Mantle memorabilia. Motel management, however, soon learned an important lesson: "If it isn’t nailed down, it will probably be stolen." To feed the public's appetite for souvenirs, an extensive gift shop was opened on premises. Hawking everything from postcards to matchbooks to pocket knives bearing Mantle's Holiday Inn logo, the shop was a success. Offered here is a folded piece of letterhead and envelope from the Mick's Missouri motel. Can you imagine the excitement kids in the 1960s must have had when mailing letters to their friends from their Yankee idol's very own Holiday Inn? Bragging rights, indeed! Fortunately the offered example has never been written on, unless of course you choose to pen a letter to your nine-old-self after winning this lot. We bet the kid inside of you will be jealous.
Extremely Rare Circa 1960 Mickey Mantle Holiday Inn Envelope & Folded Letterhead
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