Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
It's difficult to convey just how hard the nostalgic Jay Publishing 5" x 7" black and white photos and other similar team issues are to find in high-grade. Printed on a thin 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.
Offered here is a clean PSA 5 EX copy of Mickey Mantle's Type 2 "One Ear Showing" variation that looks every bit as Near Mint to Mint as the NM-MT 8 copy featured earlier in this month's auction save for a hardly perceptible dent in the card's delicate paper stock. Indeed, even upon close inspection, the offered copy looks even better than the aforementioned PSA 8. An ideal pick-up for the Mickey Mantle Master Set collector that won't cost him or her several hundred or even thousand dollars.
1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Mickey Mantle Batting One Ear Shows PSA 5 EX
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