I've had this autographed tab from a restaurant for years. My mother-in-law gave it to me years ago. She used to be an accountant for a restaurant in Wichita, Ks, and Mickey Mantle and another person signed the bar tab. It's not authenticated, but I do believe her because she took the tab to his table to have it signed. I can't read the signature of the other man. It looks like it says Gary Ceckina or Aeckin.. I can't read the writing. It appears they had quite a bit to drink! It's dated 11-2-1979 and the tab is 65.75 with a 10.00 tip. The tab doesn't indicate how many people were at the table.
I want to sell it. What is the best course of action? I know I will need to have the signature authenticated. Anyone?
If you you can establish Mantle's presence at the restaurant in question then, it would add some credibility to the signature and the story. Do you know if there were any photos of Mantle in the restaurant?...it's not unusual to have an owner put photos of famous people on their walls.
Ask your mother in law if she knows why he was in town...you may be able to find a media story that covered Mantle at the time in question.
I just glanced in the forums and saw this response.
My mother in law is no longer alive. I have searched online to find any news of his presence in Wichita at the time. I found nothing. The restaurant must have changed names, as I can't find it either. I have called around to different sources as far as having the signature authenticated. I may end up waiting until a IBAF representative travels to the area because I don't want to send it somewhere as some ask you to do.
I'll do some more digging through the family to see what I can find. Right now, it's on a long list of things to get done.
You should get it authenticated, that will make it easier to sell. For sports related autos, I'd recommend PSA/DNA (http://www.psacard.com), they are pretty much the standard for authentication of sports memorabilia and ball cards. It'll cost a little bit of money to get it done, but you will easily be able to recoup that cost if its a real Mantle auto.
I may just keep it.. when I was looking at it yesterday and holding it, I thought it would be sad to sell it. I have two sons who both played baseball.. although they're not huge sports collectors, I may keep it to pass it on in the family. I will have it authenticated either way. Perhaps it would make an interesting hub. There are three separate tab sheets with the signatures on the final sheet. By the signatures, it does look like they had enjoyed their time at Nirt & Girty's Club!