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News & Notes: Mantle Minor League Trophy, Auction Opens, Card With 16 LeBron Autographs Pulled & on eBay

Grey Flannel Auctions is selling a unique Mickey Mantle item in its current catalog auction…this one dating from his minor league career.

Mickey Mantle trophy Joplin 1950Mantle was honored as the recipient of the very first Oklahoma Old Timers Minor League Award presented to him in honor of his being named “Oklahoma’s Outstanding Minor Leaguer of 1950” and the trophy he received is up for bid.

Mantle spent that season with the Yankees’ Western Association farm club in Joplin, MO.  He hit 26 home runs, drove in 136 and hit for a robust .383 batting average. The award dates to February 7, 1951, roughly two months before The Mick was called up to the big leagues.

According to the auction house, the trophy comes with a COA from the Mantle family.

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Mile High Card Company has launched its ‘Extra Innings’ auction, a smaller version of its catalog endeavors with some lower priced lots.

There are nearly 600 lots including numerous graded vintage cards including several Mantles, sets and lots, autographs and even a 1942 New York Giants scorecard signed by Mel Ott.

Bidding is open at MileHighCardCo.com.

The company’s next Premium Catalog Auction runs November 29-December 10.

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LeBron James 16 autograph card ExquisiteA few weeks ago, we previewed the new Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball product.  Despite not having an official NBA license, the company does have exclusive autograph arrangements with Michael Jordan and LeBron James and both are featured prominently in any high end release.  So…you will get college photos on the cards rather than NBA logos and pictures from pro games but you do have a shot at some pretty nice signatures.

Of course, the huge 1/1 type pulls are a long shot, but it didn’t take long for one of the major hits to be yanked from a pack.

Triple Crown Cards in Naperville, IL was abuzz Tuesday after someone ripped into a box and pulled the 1/1 LeBron James book card that features 16 sticker autographs of the Miami Heat superstar.  There’s a Michael Jordan 16 auto book card out there somewhere too.

Not everyone is crazy about the concept but it beats a relic auto from the seventh man on a lottery team.  The person who pulled the card on the opening day of release put it on eBay in record time, and bidding has already pushed toward $2,000.  See the card—and the listing—here.

And speaking of Exquisite, one of the 2003-04 LeBron James rookie cards from that pricey series is also on eBay.  In fact, it’s the ‘most watched’ card across the hobby right now with over 200 people keeping tabs on it.  Check the bidding here.

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