Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
PSA graded baseball card collectors can find well over 60 different Mickey Mantle issues produced and distributed during the 1950s decade on PSA's Mickey Mantle Master Set Registry, and until recently only 14 of those had ever yielded a copy in the coveted grade of PSA 10 Gem Mint. There exists a single 1951 Bowman #253 rookie card graded PSA 10 and likely worth anywhere from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, or more (and potentially much more) in today's market. There is also a single 1951 Wheaties Premium graded PSA 10 from The Mick's rookie year whose value is anyone's guess. There are two PSA 10 examples from the 1952 Bowman set, which might be worth as much as $2,000,000 or more if they ever sold, and three examples from the 1952 Topps set, likely valued as much as if not more than the lone 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 10. There is a single Mantle from the 1953 Bowman Color set and two copies from the 1953 Topps set, each valued at approximately $2,000,000 or more. There are also two PSA 10 Mantles from the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food issue, three PSA 10 Mantles from the 1955 Bowman issue, four PSA 10 Mantles from 1956 Topps, a single 1956 Yellow Basepath Pin (PM15) Mantle PSA 10, a single 1957 Topps Mantle PSA 10, and a single example of each of Mantle's three different 1959 Topps issues: the iconic #10 card, the Sports Thrills #461 card, and the All-Star card #564.
Small Traditions LLC is pleased to now introduce a fifteenth Mickey Mantle card from the celebrated 1950s decade to grade PSA 10 Gem Mint in the offered 1955-57 New York Yankees Picture Pack Portrait Variation. We realize that this stadium issue doesn't compare to most of the above referenced Topps and Bowman cards, but unlike every single one of those other PSA 10 Mickey Mantles from the 1950s listed above, the offered card is so tough that it has never even yielded a single PSA 9 specimen. This charming close-up portrait of the young superstar is printed on an ultra thin, semi-glossy paper stock similar to magazine paper, and anyone who has ever handled similar cards like the popular Jay Publishing photos from the later 1950s and 1960s knows exactly how ultra condition sensitive they are, with the vast majority of surviving copies showing little dents or kinks in their thin paper from even the most minimal and gentle handling, almost always grading out at EX 5 or EX-MT 6 at best. Some sixty years ago, a young fan paid just 25 cents for this and other pictures of Mickey Mantle and his teammates at a Yankee Stadium souvenir shop. We know it's not worth a million dollars today, but we're confident that his or her 25 cents was a quarter well spent.
Extremely Rare 1955-57 New York Yankees Picture Pack Team Issue Mickey Mantle Portrait Variation PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
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