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Introduction to Mickey Mantle Collectibles

Introduction to Mickey Mantle Collectibles

Mickey Mantle is considered by many to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was a power hitter and all-around gifted athlete who played for the New York Yankees his entire career, from 1951 to 1968. Mantle was a 16-time All-Star selection and won three American League MVP awards (1956, 1957, and 1962). Whether you are a longtime fan of the Mick or are just beginning to explore the world of collecting, this article will provide an overview of Mickey Mantle collectibles and how to begin collecting them. From vintage cards to autographed items, learn what makes Mantle memorabilia so special and how to start your own collection.

Types of Mickey Mantle Collectibles

Baseball Cards - Vintage Mickey Mantle cards are among the most coveted and valuable baseball cards. Some of the most popular Mickey Mantle cards can be found in the 1951 Bowman, 1952 Topps, 1953 Topps, 1954 Topps, and 1955 Topps sets. The most valuable and rare Mantle card is 1952 Topps #311. Despite being newer than the 1951 Bowman, this card is considered by many to be his rookie card. An SGC 9.5 1952 Mantle sold for over 12.5 million dollars in August 2022.

Oddball Issues - There are some slightly lesser-known Mickey Mantle cards, often referred to as oddball issues, that are worth a great deal of money and are highly sought after by collectors. Examples of these oddball issues Mickey Mantle cards include the 1952 Berk Ross, the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food, the 1954 Dan Dee Potato Chips, the 1959 Oklahoma Today, and the 1961 Post Cereal cards.

Autographs - Mickey Mantle autographs can be found on various items including baseball cards, photographs, bats and balls, jerseys, and artwork. Depending on the item, an authentic Mickey Mantle autograph can be worth thousands of dollars. The value of a Mickey Mantle autograph depends on its condition, the item it is signed on, and the type of authentication it has come with. Some autographs also include inscriptions such as "Best Wishes," "No. 7," or "The Mick."

These inscriptions usually make the item more valuable. Autographs that have been authenticated by a professional third-party authentication service, such as JSA, PSA, or BGS (Beckett), often carry the highest value. The authenticators provide a certificate of authenticity containing a unique code that is also on a hologram attached to the item. Autographs that have not been authenticated can still be valuable but should be treated cautiously, as forgeries and counterfeits abound in the marketplace. Generally, prices range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars for a Mickey Mantle autograph.

Tips for Starting a Mickey Mantle Collection

  1. Set a Budget: This will help you stay within your means. Collecting Mickey Mantle cards can be expensive, so it's important to set a budget in order to avoid overspending.

  2. Know What You’re Looking For: Whether you are looking for a Mickey Mantle bobblehead, a specific card in a specific grade, or a JSA authenticated signed baseball, knowing what you want can help you save money and time in your search.

  3. Consider Condition When Buying: Most collectors value condition above all else. Slight condition flaws can significantly reduce an item's value.

  4. Research and Verify Authenticity of Items: This applies to vintage cards, which may be reprints or counterfeits, or autographs.

  5. Buy From Reputable Sources: Seek out reputable dealers that specialize in Mickey Mantle items. Check out the reviews of online and brick-and-mortar stores. Ensure you understand the store’s refund and exchange policies before making a purchase.

There is a wide variety of Mickey Mantle collectibles available, ranging from autographed baseballs, bats, gloves, and jerseys to cards, photographs, bobbleheads, and magazines. No matter what type of Mickey Mantle collectible you are looking for, there is sure to be something to fit your collection and budget. With the right knowledge and research, you can find great deals and investments with Mickey Mantle collectibles that will last a lifetime.

SMR Collectibles is always buying Mickey Mantle cards and autographs. If you are interested in selling your collection or have questions about the authenticity of your items give us a call at 631-532-5797 or send an e-mail to

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