Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Important Note: Thanks to the valuable input of one of our newest customers, we've learned that the offered matchbook is not in fact the rare Yellow Background variation, which shows much more yellow than the offered example. However, as you can plainly see, the offered copy does show a yellow shading in the hotel drawing, which the regular Universal variation does not. In other words, there are three versions of this Mickey Mantle Universal Matchbook, and PSA just hasn't recognized this one, not yet at least. We've decided to leave the original description intact below, but to reiterate, this is NOT the rare Yellow Background variation.
The population report at PSA might read only four copies on record of this scarce 1960 Mickey Mantle's Holiday Inn Universal Matchbook Yellow variation, but that's because this copy hasn't yet been counted among them. Recently submitted by Small Traditions on behalf of our consignor as a part of our Cost-Free Consignment Program, we labeled this example as the scarce yellow variation on our submission form, but it obviously wasn't graded as such. This is an example of what PSA refers to as a "mechanical error" or "mech error," which is when the label or "flip" (if we're going to use full PSA parlance here) contains an identification error. PSA will often fix these errors at no cost, or you can pay to have such cards re-holdered, and we'll try to have this one fixed before the end of the auction. As you can plainly see from the yellow tinted drawing on the back of the matchbook cover, however, this is indeed the scarce yellow variation, which is why we say only five copies have ever been graded in the above title when the pop report only reads four. It is indeed extremely rare.
Extremely Rare Circa 1960 Mickey Mantle's Holiday Inn Matchbook Universal Match Corporation Unrecognized Variation PSA 2 Good Please Read
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