December 2013 Premium Holiday Auction
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In 1990, The Upper Deck Company forever changed the landscape of sports cards and collectibles when it inserted 2,500 serial-numbered copies of a signed Reggie Jackson card into foil packs of its sophomore baseball card edition, giving birth to the so-called "insert card" frenzy that would dominate the hobby in the following years and even up to this day. Not to be outdone, Score quickly followed suit in 1991, inking a deal with New York Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, who signed 2,500 copies each of a specially designed 7-card insert set celebrating his Hall of Fame career. Unlike the vast majority of autograph cards produced today, which feature stickers that athletes and other celebrities sign by the hundreds and thousands and then return to manufacturers for placement on his or her cards, each 1991 Score Mantle Autograph card was handled in person by The Mick as he meticulously penned his iconic script directly onto its surface. The cards were then returned to the Score production room and randomly inserted into Series II packs, and the extra handling routinely resulted in moderate imperfections -- light surface scratches and small touches to the corners and edges -- that other, un-circulated Score cards largely avoided. Then, as collectors tore through packs in search of their very own signed Mickey Mantle baseball card, many lucky winners chose to display their cards for the world, only to find that the fine blue-felt tip signatures quickly began to fade when exposed to light. The end result, over two decades later, is that the 1991 Score Mickey Mantle Autograph cards are the most coveted and condition sensitive of the early, trend-setting insert cards. To date, only three examples from the entire 17,500 signed print run have surfaced in sharp enough condition to earn the coveted designation of Gem Mint 10 from PSA. Recently graded by Small Traditions on behalf of our consignor and at no cost to him, offered here is one of those three, a masterpiece Mick suitable for inclusion in the hobby's highest graded and most distinguished Mantle collections.

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Final prices include buyers premium: $646
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Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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