Unique and desirable describes both this signed lithograph and Marilyn Monroe. This unlicensed image never made it to press but a few made it to the marketplace. Posed as Monroe was in the movie The Seven Year Itch, the artist used a DiMaggio #5 jersey instead of the famed white dress. The beautiful imagery of Monroe aside, this large litho has been signed by an astounding fifty-seven New York Yankees, all of whom signed the relic in blue marker with most adding inscriptions to the piece. Included among the signatories are DiMaggio (d.1999, “10”), Mantle (d.1995, “10”), Berra, Ford, Kubek, Slaughter (d.2000), Bauer, Skowron, Rizzuto, McDougald, Tresh, Sain, Shantz, Henrich, Larsen, Blanchard, Pepitone, Shea, Cerv, Houk, Richardson and Mel Allen (d.1996). All of the signatures grade and display as a (“9”) or (“10”) with many falling into the latter group. The size of the lithograph is 25x37, and it has been framed to the overall dimensions of 30x42 against a blue and white pinstripe matte. The size and beauty of the piece is quite awe-inspiring just to view, but the most impressive feature is the time, effort and energy expended to obtain all these signatures. In total there are (57) signatures with (53) different players, (2) batboys and (2) players signing it twice. For a complete listing of all the signatures and inscriptions, please visit our website. COA from James Spence Authentications.
The signatures and inscriptions (in parenthesis) are Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle (#7), Al Downing (1961 World Champs), Phil Rizzuto (Scooter HOF 94), Clete Boyer (WS Champs 1961), Frank “Spec” Shea (1947 WS Champs), Jim Coates (1961 WS Champs), Bill Strafford (’62 WS Champs), Whitey Ford (C.O.B.), Jerry Lumpe (World Champs 1958), Norm Siebern (#25), Duane Pillette (’49 World Champs), John Blanchard (’61 World Champs), Joe Pepitone (62 WS Champs), Randy Gumpert (5-1-51 Mantle’s 1st HR), Yogi Berra, Mel Allen (“Voice of the Yankees” “How About That!”), Hank Bauer, Gil McDougald (World Champs 1951-52-53-56-58), Kal Segrist (1952), Moose Skowron, Tom Henrich (Old Reliable), Bobby Shantz (“1952 A.L. MVP”), Dick Kryhoski (1949), Jim Delsing (1949-50), Tony Kubek (1961 World Champions), Phil Litz (1962 WS Champs), Ralph Houk (The Mayor, 47 WS Champs), Ryne Duren (1958-61), Andy Carey (52-60), Bobby Richardson (1960 WS MVP), Charlie Silvera (#29), Joe Ostrowski (35), Ralph Terry (MVP 1962 WS), Hector Lopez (1961 World Champs), Bullet Bob Turley (Cy Young WS MVP 1958), Bob Cerv (1956 WSC), Joe DeMaestri, Tex Clevenger (1961 WS Champs), Jesse Gonder (61 WS Champs), John Sain (no. 11), Enos Country Slaughter (#17), Allie Clark (1947 WS Champs), Art Ditmar (61 Champs), Tom Tresh (#15), Bob hale (1961 WS Champs), Bill Stafford (yes, he signed twice, 1961 WS Champs), Mickey McDermott (56 WS Champs), Hal Stowe, Eli Grba (1959-60, #18), Irv Noren (1952-53-56 Champs), Don Larsen (1956 WS 10-8-56, Perfect Game)Hal Reniff (’61 WS Champs), Tommy Byrne (1955 World Series), Hector Lopez (he signed it twice, 1961 WS Champs), Fred Bengi (1961 Batboy) and Frank Prudenti (1961 Batboy).