Top 10 Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards

Top 10 Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards

A legend on the diamond and in the collecting world, there's been nobody like Mickey Mantle. With literally thousands of cards to choose from, here are the top ten Mickey Mantle baseball cards of all-time.

1. 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle

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The most iconic post-War card in existence, people often regard Mantle's 1952 Topps Baseball card his rookie. It's not. But from a hobby standpoint, it's easily his most important piece of cardboard. Added to the much rarer "high series," legend has it that cases of leftover product were sent to a watery grave at the bottom of the ocean by Topps founder, Sy Berger.

2. 1951 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle Rookie Card

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Issued a year before his Topps debut, Mantle's true rookie card comes from 1951 Bowman Baseball. The painted image features a young Mantle standing against a cloudy backdrop. It's a beautiful card that embodies classic baseball card collecting. Like the 1952 Topps issue, this iconic Mickey Mantle baseball card was part of the scarcer high series, adding to its scarcity ,and subsequently, its value.

3. 1952 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle

1952 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle Image

Another beautifully painted card, Mantle's 1952 Bowman Baseball card is the first mainstream card to picture him in the classic Yankee pinstripes. Like Mantle's 1952 Topps card, Bowman also included facsimile autographs.

4. 1953 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle

1953 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle Image

Mantle's second Topps issue offers a close-up look at the young slugger. This is also the last Topps card Mantle had for a couple of years, as he would not return to the company until 1956. Although it might get a lot of attention for being on of the earliest baseball card sets from the company, 1953 Topps Baseball stands out on its own for having one of the best designs of all-time.

5. 1994 Upper Deck Baseball Dual Autograph Mickey Mantle (with Ken Griffey Jr.)

1994 Upper Deck Baseball Autographs Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr Image

If Mantle embodies the vintage appeal of the hobby, Ken Griffey Jr. is the king of modern baseball cards. Autographed cards were still a rare novelty in 1994. Dual signatures were even tougher to come by. Upper Deck seeded 1,000 of these painted cards featuring autographs from both hobby icons in retail packs of 1994 Upper Deck Series 1 Baseball. Single-signed versions were also included.

6. 1999 Upper Deck Ovation Baseball Piece of History 500 Club Mickey Mantle (Game-Used Bat)

1999 Upper Deck Ovation Piece of History 500 Home Run Club Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat 350 Image

Upper Deck's Piece of History - 500 Club is one of the few memorabilia sets to reach iconic status in the hobby. Even though bat slivers are generally regarded as being less desirable than a nice jersey or patch swatch, these cards that honor the game's biggest sluggers have held up on the secondary market extremely well. Released over various sets and years, Mantle's Piece of History card was inserted in 1999 Upper Deck Ovation Baseball. It also holds the distinction of being the slugger's first game-used memorabilia card. Limited to 350 copies, there's also a one-of-one version that also has a cut signature.

7. 1969 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle

1969 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle Image

1969 Topps Baseball marked the last release to feature the Yankees legend during his playing days. The look in his eyes tell the story of a weary veteran who lived as hard as he played. It's a contrasting view of his earlier cards that often featured a beaming smile.

8. 1992 Score Baseball The Franchise Players Autographs Mantle (with Stan Musial and Carl Yastrzemski)

1992 Score Franchise Players Autographs Stan Musial Mickey Mantle Carl Yastrzemski Image

Who would've guessed a card from 1992 Score Baseball would land in Mantle's top ten? But who wouldn't want a card that has Mantle's signature sandwiched between those of Stan Musial and Carl Yastrzemski? The gold ink is also a nice addition. A total of 500 of these triple autographs were produced. Considering the massive print run that 1992 Score had, good luck finding one.

9. 1954 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle

1954 Bowman Baseball Mickey Mantle Image

Think athlete exclusives on trading cards are a new thing? Think again. Back in 1954, Mickey Mantle (along with Roy Campanella and Pee Wee Reese) signed to appear exclusively in Bowman products. The 1954 Bowman Baseball design is simple but beautiful. A painted portrait of Mantle is anchored by a solid green box with a facsimile autograph.

10. 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Baseball Mickey Mantle

1954 Dan Dee Baseball Mickey Mantle Image

Mickey Mantle knew he was one of the best in the game. Perhaps no other card shows his confidence than this early oddball release from Dan-Dee Potato Chips. It's also notable because, up to this point, Mantle's mainstream releases from Topps and Bowman all featured painted portraits and not photographs like the ones used here. Due to their distribution with the greasy snacks, it's extremely difficult to find cards without stains.

Please note that although very valuable, individual cut signature and one-of-one cards were left off due to their scarcity.

Did your favorite Mickey Mantle baseball card make our list? Let us know which ones stand out to you in the comments below.

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User Comments

  1. Hi. I have 2 Upper Deck – MICKEY MANTLE cards that are numbered. Any idea of worth?

    Thanks!

  2. Lisa (ID 62653) » Hi Lisa,

    There are several that fit that description. If you’re able to email a scan to rcracknell@cardboardconnection.com I can help you better.

    Thanks!

  3. I have a Mickey Mantle card it’s his 500th Home run #44.

    It’s from the Mickey Mantle collection.

    It’s a 1997Mickey Mantle properties.

    Can you please tell me how much this card it worth?

  4. The 1962 is better looking than any on the list, I think it should be as high as #4.

  5. I have a No 5 Post card that is one sided which has his 1961 and Life stats on it. Is this card worth any value. Thankyou for your time.

  6. I have a tops 50 Micky mantle card in mint condition what is it worth

  7. I AM LOOKING TOO BUY A 1952 MICKEY MANTLE BASEBALL CARD SO PLEASE LET ME NO WHO IS SELLING THE REAL CARD..

  8. I AM LOOKING TOO BUY A 1952 MICKEY MANTLE BASEBALL CARD FROM ANY BODY SELLING ONE PLEASE CALLED ME AT AREA CODE 760-5983740 OR 760415-8087 CELL PHONE.. THANK YOU…PLEASE RESPOND …

  9. THE BASEBALL CARD I AM LOOKING FOR IS THE 1952 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE CARD SO IF ANYONE HAS ONE TOO SELL PLEASE CALL ME RIGHT AWAY .. AT 760-598-3740 OR CELL PHONE 760-415-8087 THANK YOU…

  10. Hello my name is chris Cooper and I think I have a 1953 topps 200 mickey mantle card and I’m wondering what it’s worth and where is the best place to sell these type of cards

  11. Hello my bame is Alex O.I am offering to sell my Mickey Mantle 1931-1951 23kg. Baseball card.It`s in good condition if you want more informatin about it email at barronl2013@gmail.com or akexortiz51013@gmail.com.Or if you can give me any information on where to sell it at I would really be thankful.Thank you Alex O.

  12. I have a 1969 Mickey Mantle Topps card (with no Topps designation). Mickey Mantle is written in white, and Yankees is in yellow. There is a slight crease in the card. What is the expected card value?

  13. Good list but for my taste nothing compares to the 1953 Bowman Color Mantle #59. It is a phenomenal card with a youthful Mantle posing after a swing with Yankee Stadium in the backdrop. A timeless classic!

  14. I was wondering if anyone can give me an accurate value on a 1951 Bowman Mantle card. PSA Cert. MT EX 9 (OC). Truly immaculate looking. Every website seems to give a different est value. I know its hard for me to search a val because its exact with the different factors, like PSA 9 OC, etc. I guess if anyone has idea, please respond. Thank you

  15. Peter » Two different PSA 8 versions sold for around $6,000-$6,500 in the last few months.

  16. I enjoy reading an article that will make people think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

  17. I have a Topps mm64 mentioning Mick’s help with bat and glove to aid Larson’s perfect game. At bottome, it gives his 1956 season stats and career to date stats.

    Any idea as to worth?

  18. I have never owned the 52 topps but have had all of the rest of his big cards. I love the 51 Bowman and the 53 Topps but after that I feel like the 56 Topps is my favorite! That thing is so beautiful and I was a little surprised it didn’t make the list. Where does the 56 land on your list?

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