Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
The PSA Mickey Mantle Master Set is one of the toughest and most competitive registry sets offered by the Newport Beach-based authentication company. It is also one of the most expensive: not only must collectors obtain the Mick's world-famous 1952 Topps card and his 1951 Bowman rookie, but they must also procure an assortment of lesser-known and extremely scarce food and regional issues. To date, none of the 102 collectors who have registered sets at PSA have collected all 240 items necessary to complete this renowned set.
Part of the challenge of a master set is that not all of the items are traditional baseball cards. They can include paper premiums, decals, pins, and coins as well. One of the most popular non-cardboard baseball sets of the postwar era is a series of plastic coins inserted by meat processor Armour and Co. in packages of its hot dogs. Issued over three years—1955, 1959, and 1960—these half-dollar sized plastic disks have both enchanted and bedeviled player collectors for decades. Although PSA does not differentiate the coins by color, avid enthusiasts of the set have tried to collect their favorite players and teams in the full rainbow of colors, many of them rare, that the coins were cast in. Furthermore, there are numerous variations to chase down, adding another degree of difficulty to collecting this classic set.
The offered 1960 Armour coin of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle is one of only 20 Gem Mint 10 specimens graded by PSA. This one is opaque and is cast in lime green color (one of our favorites!). The coin is as perfect as they come, with a flawless embossed profile image of the Mick gracing the obverse, while the verso is as smooth and fresh as the summer day it was pulled from a package of frankfurters. This coin has cross appeal too, as both Mantle and 1960 Armour registry participants would love to add this viridescent collectible to their respective portfolios. If you want to snag this Armour gem, we recommend you get ready to lay down some serious coin!
1960 Armour Coins Lime Green Mickey Mantle PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 20 From Among All Colors
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