Ultimate Guide to Mickey Mantle Topps Cards – 1951 to 1969
Mickey Mantle and Topps are two synonymous names in the hobby. They go together like peanut butter and jam, ice cream and apple pie, and Donald Trump and bad hair jokes. Even today, Mickey Mantle Topps cards are among the most popular in the hobby. Those who grew up while the Yankees legend was playing are trying to reacquire the cards from their youth (or upgrade well-loved copies). Younger Yankees fans are looking to connect to one of the most beloved icons of their fabled franchise.
The first Mickey Mantle Topps card is a high number in 1952 Topps Baseball. It is regarded by most as the most important baseball card of the Post-War Era. It's also one of the most valuable. However, one thing it is not, is a Mickey Mantle rookie card. That distinction comes from his card in 1951 Bowman Baseball.
Between 1952 and 1959, Topps released 39 cards highlighting the legendary slugger. It would have been more had he not signed an exclusive deal with Bowman. That means there are no Mickey Mantle Topps cards from 1954 or 1955. After Topps bought Bowman, the outfielder returned to the Topps fold.
Besides basic player cards, there are several Mickey Mantle subset cards. These honor specific achievements, awards and performances. 1961 Topps Baseball is the set with the most Mantle cards where shows up on six different cards. 1962 is second with five different Mickey Mantle Topps cards.
A total of 12 cards pair Mantle with at least one other star. These include Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Harmon Killebrew. Pairings come from league leader cards as well as special cards that look at different player connections.
Below is a complete visual checklist of every Mickey Mantle Topps card released during his career. These include all base cards but not any inserts, premiums or oddball cards. You can also click on the card name to easily shop for singles on eBay.
Visual Guide to Mickey Mantle Topps Cards - 1952 to 1969
1963 Topps #2 American League Batting Leaders with Pete Runnels, Floyd Robinson, Norm Siebern and Chuck Hinton
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