Like millions of other kids, he started collecting baseball cards in the 1950s. Bill Wilen really got serious as an adult, focusing on Mickey Mantle. Over the years, he’s acquired virtually every Mantle card issued from 1951-2000.
The retired Chicago area attorney is at the National Sports Collectors Convention, showing off the collection, which includes some rare regionals and Topps issues, many autographed. He’s also signing copies of his impressive book devoted to collecting Mantle cards, which was released last winter.
We caught up with him at the Huggins and Scott booth just inside the front door to the show.
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