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There might be a lot of debate on who the best all-time baseball player is, but when it comes to the hobby, Mickey Mantle cards are always up there in the discussion as one of the most coveted baseball cards to own.
The unique look of his earliest baseball cards and the rarity of them in good condition has contributed to the value skyrocketing over the years.
Plus the Yankees legend was pretty good on the field too.
Here’s the three Mickey Mantle cards that any vintage baseball card collector would be lucky to have (and the links to buy them below if you are that lucky!)
1. 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle cards
While not his rookie card since it came out one year after, it’s recognized by many in the hobby as the most iconic.
It’s also one of the rarest with the card coming from the high number series in the Topps set.
And it’s notoriously hard to find in good condition. Even those with low PSA grades go for thousands of dollars.
2. 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle cards
Here’s his true rookie card coming out a full year before the Topps card.
The image of Mantle on the Bowman rookie card painted horizontally is fairly distinctive.
And while not as difficult to find in good condition than the 1951 Topps, it’s also part of the higher number series, making the card also quite rare especially in good condition.
3. 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle cards
From the popular 1953 Topps set, this Mickey Mantle baseball card has a nice, clean design.
The close-up of Mantle’s face adds to the card’s appeal and this, like the others, is also hard to find in good condition.
Those with higher grades command great value.
MORE INFO ON MICKEY MANTLE:
Mickey Mantle is one of the most iconic players in MLB history with a career spanning 18 seasons. He was signed by the New York Yankees in 1949 and made his debut for the team in 1951.
Mantle quickly became a fan favorite, showcasing his power-hitting abilities and exceptional speed on the bases.
Throughout his career, Mickey Mantle achieved numerous milestones and accolades. He won three American League MVP awards in 1956, 1957, and 1962, and was a 20-time All-Star. Mantle was also a seven-time World Series champion and holds the record for the most home runs hit in a World Series career with 18.
Mantle also finished his career with 536 home runs, 1,509 RBIs, and a batting average of .298. Mantle was also known for his incredible speed and agility, stealing 153 bases throughout his career.
Mickey Mantle retired from baseball in 1969, leaving behind a legacy that is still celebrated to this day. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and remains a beloved figure among fans of the sport.
In recent years, the value of Mickey Mantle’s baseball cards has skyrocketed, with some of his cards fetching millions of dollars at auction. This is a testament to the impact that he had on the sport and the lasting legacy that he left behind.
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