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Ramblings: Mantle’s Youth Lives on Through Cardboard

Yankee Stadium Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle left us 20 years ago this month. Rich Klein recalls getting a chance to see him play during his final season, bringing his cards to life.

Heritage Auction Has Chicago Flair, PSA 8 Mantle

PSA 8 1952 Topps Mantle

Memorabilia of Chicago icons and this 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, are generating plenty of interest at Heritage Auctions’ Summer Platinum Night.

Notes: Sy Berger’s Family to Attend Honor

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An honor for the late Sy Berger this weekend. The info, plus the story of a couple of historic baseball pieces, Max Scherzer’s charity autograph program and more.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1955 Bowman Baseball

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Who needs Sandy Koufax when you can have umpires inside tiny wood-grained television sets? At least the 1955 Bowman set made the impending Topps monopoly easier to swallow.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1965 Topps Baseball

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Casey Stengel’s last card, Joe Morgan with a caliber on his cap, and the rookie card of the great “Tim” Hunter helped make 1965 Topps baseball set a collector favorite.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1961 Topps Baseball

1961 Topps baseball box

What has two Cubs Hall of Fame rookie cards, a reluctant home run champ, and killer high numbers? It’s the 1961 Topps baseball set, an all-time classic with no asterisk required.

Photo Used for 1950s Mantle Regional Cards Up for Bid

1950s Mickey Mantle baseball card photograph

Amid-1950s photograph, the same image used on some of Mickey Mantle’s baseball cards is our Vintage Photo of the Day.

1959 Topps Baseball Took Collectors Through the Porthole

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Roger Maris in a fishbowl? The 1959 Topps set featured an unusual design that let collectors set sail with their favorite players.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1964 Topps Baseball Might Rub Off on You

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The 1964 Topps baseball set may lack big-name rookies, but it offers collectors an affordable glimpse into baseball at the tail-end of a Yankees dynasty.

5 Great Mickey Mantle Cards on a Budget

1952 Bowman Mantle

Building a nice little collection of Mickey Mantle cards which offer a career retrospective doesn’t have to be out of your league.

Mantle Items, Top End 1957 Topps Set Pace SCP Sale

Mickey Mantle jersey 1952

An early Mickey Mantle bat and jersey sold for over $470,000 while one of the best known sets of 1957 Topps baseball cards hit more than $200,000.

Photo Used for Mantle’s 1958 Topps All-Star Card at Auction

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An 8×10 photo taken two years earlier and used as the basis for the 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star card is at RMY Auctions.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1962 Topps Baseball Ingrained in Hobby Lore

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Featuring wood borders and loaded with stars, the 1962 Topps baseball set is a condition-sensitive hobby legend that collectors either love or hate.

Vintage Set of the Week: There’s Always Room for 1952 Topps Baseball

1952 Topps pack

The 1952 Topps set transformed the industry and set the stage for the modern hobby. A look back–and the current ‘most watched’ list.

5 Favorite Multi-player Baseball Cards of the 1960s

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Even after its competition with Bowman, Topps continued to have fun with their issues, including these 5 star-packed but affordable 1960s cards.

5 Favorite Multi-player Baseball Cards of the 1950s

1959 Fleer #2 Ted's Idol as shown on PSA.com

Where can you find vintage cards of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays that just about every collector can afford? Right here on our list of the top 5 multi-player cards of the 1950s.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1952 Bowman Baseball

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It may never rival some of its more famous contemporaries, but the 1952 Bowman Baseball set is a classic in its own right.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1966 Topps Baseball an Underrated Classic

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A clean design and relatively plentiful supply make the 1966 Topps baseball set an attractive target …but watch out for those high numbers.

Vintage Set of the Week: 1953 Topps Baseball Cards Are Palm-Sized Masterpieces

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It may be outpaced by its 1952 counterpart in terms of media coverage and card values , but when it comes to artistry on cardboard, there may be none better than ’53 Topps.

1960 Topps Baseball Set Saw Return of Horizontal Design

Carl Yastrzemski rookie card 1960 Topps

The 1960 Topps Baseball set marked a brief return to the horizontal design favored in the mid-1950s. Light on rookies, it’s still heavy on star power.