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Here is Mickey Mantle in his portait pose from the original 1958-61 Jay Publishing issue. Although the card looks to be in much better condition, it has been graded at the EX 5 level by PSA due to a very slight bend in its thin paper stock as well as some extraneous print. It's difficult to convey just how hard these nostalgic Jay Publishing 5" x 7" black and white photos and other similar team issues are to find in high-grade. Printed on an ultra light paper stock similar to magazine or newspaper pages in either a semi-glossy or matte finish, these memorable cards were available in team sets for a quarter each at both stadium souvenir shops and through a mail order program. Both formats were extremely popular with fans young and old, who were eager to fork over their quarters for the keepsakes. The close-up portraits and large action shots engaged fans in a way that smaller Topps and other baseball cards could not, and there weren't many young baseball fans' bedrooms in the 1960s that didn't have their favorite players pinned or taped to the wall (or their least favorite players stuck to a dartboard). Due to their delicate paper stock, the act of simply removing the photos from their envelopes can easily create small dents or kinks in their surfaces as well as mildly touched or bumped corners that make high-grade copies almost impossible to find. Indeed, to discover a Mint or Gem Mint copy today would almost certainly require that the card had never previously been handled.
1958-1961 Jay Publishing Photos Type 1 Mickey Mantle Portrait to Neck Pose Bust PSA 5 EX
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