1992 Score The Franchise Autograph Cards – Musial, Mantle, and Yastrzemski

In their 1992 Series 1 baseball release, Score included Joe DiMaggio’s autograph chase cards. However, it was in Series 2 that Score released The Franchise cards, which would set the standard for certified autograph trading cards. Although The Franchise cards included three individual autographed cards featuring Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, and Carl Yastrzemski, which were … Read more

The 1991 Score Exclusive Mickey Mantle Card Promotion

I’ve been on a bit of a nostalgic kick lately, highlighting early 90s insert promotions that Upper Deck kicked off in 1990 with the Find the Reggie promotion. Next, I detailed all of Upper Deck’s 1991 Autograph Heroes Series cards and Donruss’ response by describing their 1991, 1992, and 1993 Signature Series Cards. But hey, … Read more

Exploring Mickey Mantle’s Home Run History Through 14 Iconic Baseball Cards

With his awe-inspiring home runs and incredible power at the plate (and seven World Series titles), Mantle solidified his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats. In this post, I’ll share 14 extraordinary Mickey Mantle baseball cards. These vintage gems, released by Topps, Nu-cards, and Laughlin during his playing years, offer a unique glimpse … Read more

The Elusive 1959 Yoo-Hoo Mickey Mantle Card: A Closer Look at One of Baseball’s Most Sought-After Oddball Collectibles

In my review of the 1959 Yoo-Hoo baseball card set for the 24th Post War Cards Newsletter and its expanded write-up on the oddball archive, I referenced the 1959 Yoo-Hoo Mickey Mantle card. While it’s not officially recognized as part of the set, due to its status as an advertising piece and different design, due … Read more

10 Things You May Not Know About The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card

Considered one of the most iconic and recognizable cards in baseball card collecting, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card symbolizes the post-war hobby. Often ranked as the second most important card of all time, right behind the T206 Honus Wagner, this card is a white whale item for many collectors. But there are plenty … Read more

The 10 Items from the Topps Vault VIP Exclusive Auction Held at the 2011 National in Chicago

Back in 2011, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL, Topps held an auction exclusively for VIP ticket holders on Wednesday, August 3, at 2:30 PM. It featured “10 magnificent TOPPS items direct from the Vault!” In this article, I’ll share the paragraphs describing the lots exactly as Topps advertised them on the … Read more

This Month on PostWarCards – December 2022

In last week’s Post War Cards Newsletter, I shared a link to a Forbes article titled, Luka Doncic Trading Card Sells At Auction For A Record $3.12 Million. However, the card purportedly sold privately for $4.6M in 2021, marking a significant loss. So while the November 17th auction is being marketed as the highest price ever … Read more

A Circa 1957 Mickey Mantle Photograph Used On At Least Four Different Collectibles

When I started my research for this article, I intended to write about various Mickey Mantle postcards. But when I ran across the 1958 Holiday Inn Mickey Mantle Postcard, I learned that the same image was used on at least four different collectibles, so I thought a dedicated overview made more sense. Folks might not … Read more

10 Original Mickey Mantle Photos Used For His Early Baseball Cards

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 … Read more