When it comes to baseball card collecting, Mickey Mantle baseball cards represent the pinnacle of the hobby. There are a few single cards such as the famous T206 Honus Wagner and a few others that are worth more money, but no other players overall collection can match Mantle's. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 card is one of the most sought after cards in the hobby, and was ranked as the second most important sportscard in the hobby by PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator), behind only the T206 Wagner. The 1951 Bowman #253 Mantle card comes in at the eighth most important card in the hobby as judged by PSA. The 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle, 1953 Stahl-Meyer Franks Mickey Mantle, 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle, 1954 Dan Dee Mickey Mantle, 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle, 1957 Topps #407 Yankee Power Hitters (Mantle/Berra), 1958 Topps #418 World Series Batting Foes (Mantle/Aaron), 1959 Bazooka Mickey Mantle and 1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle (White Letters) cards are all in PSA's list of the 250 most important sportscards in the hobby!
It's easy to see why Mantle baseball cards are so popular. Mickey, affectionately known as the Mick, put together one of the most incredible careers in baseball history, culminating in a 1974 induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. His playing career spanned 18 seasons, with 16 of those seasons including All-Star games and three American League Most Valuable Player trophies. The switch-hitting outfielder (and later first baseman) played his entire career for the New York Yankees, including an incredible twelve World Series, seven of which were won by the Yankees. To this day, Mr. Mantle still holds many World Series records including most career home runs with 18, most career RBI with 40, most career runs with 42, most career extra-base hits with 26, most career total bases with 123 and as one might expect, most career walks with 43.
So what do you get when you combine one of the greatest players of all time playing for the most storied franchise of all time, printed on baseball cards that had a low print run and were printing during an age when keeping the cards in good condition was not a priority? You get some of the most highly prized cards in the hobby. You get Mickey Mantle baseball cards.
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