The Mickey Mantle Collection
When it comes to collecting baseball cards there are just a few names that really strikes a cord with collecting Perhaps the biggest name is Mickey Mantle. Mantle may not have been the best player in the game, but he is probably the most popular among cardboard enthusiasts. When I was a kid I only dreamed of owning a single Mantle card. Any Mantle card. And when I was 16, Topps released the Mickey Mantle reprint series which turned the hobby on its ear. Yes, believe it or not, reprint cards were selling like hotcakes. If you were a collector back then you surely remember the hunt for Topps.
While those reprints were an affordable way for collectors to own reprints of the original Mantles, they are reprints and there is nothing quite like the real thing.
Over the last five years I’ve managed to acquire some real Mantle cards, including his rookie. No, not that 1952 Topps card that is often mistaken for his rookie cards. But his true rookie, the 1951 Bowman. I digress. In addition I’ve added a few of his singles from the 1950s and 1960s, and I figured I’d post them all on my site. Not only for you to see, but so that I have a visual reference to what I already own. As the header to the page says, the cards may not be mint, but they are indeed real. Enjoy.