ALFRED E. NEUMAN RARE "MAD STRAIGHT JACKET."
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM)
Auction #212 - Part II
Item numbers 989 through 2633 in auction 212
First offered in "Mad" #46 from April 1959 (and never offered again after issue #53), this well-made item is considered by many to be one of the rarest and most desirable of all "Mad" collectibles. It has been stated that approx. 1,500 units were sold (for $4.95 apiece), but far fewer have survived to the current day. Straight jacket is made of heavy white canvas and back features full color silk-screened facial portrait of Alfred E. Neuman below his "What - Me Worry?" catchphrase. There is a simulated strap/belt below him which has a original small functional metal padlock sewn into in. "I'm Wearing My Mad Straight Jacket" text appears below Neuman's face. Deep pockets are on front, allowing for wearer to put hands/arms within. Size Medium as noted by small tag inside back collar. Ends of sleeves have a few small scattered age spots, but o/w straight jacket is bright and clean. Exc. overall. Very rare, this is the first example we've been able to offer in our 47 years. The Holy Grail of "Mad" collectibles.
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