If you collect vintage baseball cards, our Photo of the Day probably looks familiar. If you collect some of the food issue sets of the mid-1950s, you definitely know it.
An original copy of the image used to create several of Mickey Mantle’s cards from that era is among the featured items at RMY Auctions this month. Bidding has already topped $500 with the auction not scheduled to close until June 21.
The 8x 10 ¼” photo, taken early in Mantle’s big league career, was featured on cards from Briggs Meats, Dan Dee Potato Chips and Stahl-Meyer Franks. It’s only the second copy of the phot auction officials say they have ever seen.
The photo rates 7 out of 10, with a pinhole and some light wear, including some vintage writing at the bottom border from a young person who owned it more than 60 years ago.
Mantle enjoyed some of his best seasons during the time period, hitting .300 or better five years in a row from 1954-58 while leading the league in runs scored each year but one.
The auction includes more than 1,200 vintage photographs.