Even if you don’t like baseball and have never watched a game in your life, you’ve probably heard of Mickey Mantle. Could be you saw a TV show about the man, or maybe overheard a conversation your parents had about “the good old days.” For those of you who don’t know the name at all, Mickey Mantle (1931 – 1995) was one of the greatest baseball players that ever lived. He played a total of 2,401 games, exclusively with the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968, and his most common position was centerfielder. He was known as the greatest switch-hitter of all time, scoring an impressive 536 home runs, 372 with him batting left-handed and 164 with him batting right-handed. His lifetime average was .298.
Mantle suffered from a recurring osteomyelitic (bone infection) condition in his leg, and had repeated injuries to his knees and leg muscles. He overcame these problems to lead the American League six times in runs scored, four times in home runs, and once in batting. He was named MVP in 1956, 1957, and 1962. Mantle retired from the game in 1969, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Truly an impressive athlete.
Today’s remarkable listings happen to be a couple of baseball trading cards that made it to the top of our internal most watched lists. The first is this 1952 TOPPS #311 MICKEY MANTLE PSA 1:
Although the card does not appear to be in great condition, it has garnered great interest from eBay shoppers, who have bid the card up to more than $2,025. The seller has not included much information about the card other than the picture, so it might be best to contact the seller before bidding.
Our second remarkable baseball card set is this 1953 Topps Baseball Christmas Rack Pack with Mickey Mantle On Top:
This card is part of a Christmas Rack Pack that was popular from 1952 to 1962. The seller tells us about this type of display:
“This is one of the real and authentic, old baseball card rack packs. The real deal racks were made only from 1952 through 1962, by an unknown 3rd party. They used Topps overstock for these rack packs and were sold in stores like Woolworth’s, Kroger’s, etc around Christmas time as stocking stuffers. The real racks can be seen with old staples (not bright, silver, shiny staples like you see on the new ones), candy cane design on both ends of the rack that extends right to the ends, and wreath/bow/Season’s Greetings on the back. In 1952, kids would get 1952 cards; in 1953 they’d get 1953 cards and so on up to 1962. These came from a find many, many years ago. All cards are authentic Topps cards.”
The seller points out that the packs contained a total of 12 cards: six cards showing, and six cards hidden. So, aside from the visible Mickey Mantle, Luke Easter, and Bill Miller cards on the front and #108, Richard Willams, and #112 on the back, who knows what other players are featured on the hidden cards…
We’ll leave you with a quote by Mickey Mantle that embodies the way we feel professional baseball players should think about the game:
“When I’m hitting, I’d play for nothing. When I’m not, any kind of money I receive
makes me feel as if I’m stealing.”