Vintage baseball cards are incredibly popular, but people sometimes forget that baseball card manufacturers had to find original photographs to design the cards around. Here are some original photos of Mickey Mantle that Bowman, Topps, and Wheaties used on some of his earlier baseball cards.
1951 Bowman #253 and 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle Cards
I wrote about this original photo the other week.
1951 Wheaties Mickey Mantle
1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle
1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle
1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle
1958 Topps #487 Mickey Mantle All-Star
1958 Topps World Series Batting Foes Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron
1960 Topps Rival All-Stars Mantle & Boyer
The photo of Mantle and Boyer was taken back in 1957, three years before releasing the popular 1960 Topps Rival All-Stars card.
I’ve been on a bit of a Mickey Mantle kick lately here on PostWarCards; besides the detailed article on The Original Photo Used for the 1951 Bowman and 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Cards I linked earlier, I also wrote about The Topps Mickey Mantle Card We Didn’t Get (1954 and 1955) a few weeks ago. If you have any other Mantle article requests, let me know (I’ve been thinking about an ebook about the 1952 Mantle, by the way); and happy collecting!