Mickey Mantle Cards, Rookie Cards and Memorabilia Buying Guide

Mickey Mantle

Date of Birth: October 20, 1931
Rookie Card Year: 1951
Investment Rating: 9.0


Overview

In terms of collectibility in the world of baseball cards and memorabilia, few can rival, Mickey Mantle. Despite being long since retired, as well as deceased, Mickey Mantle cards continue to break new records. The release of his 1952 Topps baseball card coincided with, what has long been considered, the birth of the modern baseball card.

Mantle's all-around talent defined what scouts came to call a five-tool player. This perfectly describes Mantle's athleticism. Mantle appeared in a remarkable 12 World Series, winning seven of them. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBI (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Additionally, he won three American League MVP titles, played in 16 All-Star games, and was a Triple Crown winner in 1956. Enshrined in Cooperstown in 1974, he his regarded as one of the greats and was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.

As a result of his remarkable achievements on the field and larger than life personality, Mickey Mantle cards and memorabilia are still one of the top investments in the hobby today. His game-used memorabilia can reach the stratosphere, in terms of dollars, on the rare occasions when they become available at auction. Additionally, his iconic status as an American sports legends has made him the subject of numerous figures, pieces of artwork and photographs.

Mickey Mantle Rookie Cards

Mickey Mantle's rookie card is generally considered to be from 1951 Bowman Baseball. In that same year, Wheaties cereal issued a set of eight black and white premium photographs, one of which was Mantle. Despite not being his first card, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle deserves mention as well. Additionally in 1952, the Tip-Top Bread Company issued a label bearing his likeness, which is quite collectible, as are his 1952 Star-Cal Decal and 1952 Berk Ross cards.

1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC #253

Mickey Mantle 1951 Bowman

As the Mickey Mantle rookie card,  this card commands huge dollars on the secondary market. The fact that there are very few in top condition also contributes to the high prices. PSA has graded over a 1,000 of these cards and, to date, only one  has been designated as a Gem Mint 10. It sold at auction for over $600,000, making it one of the highest amounts ever paid for a baseball card. The posed and painted card features subdued colors. Mantle's youth is unmistakable.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps

This is the grand-daddy of them all and, perhaps, the hobby's most iconic card. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle started the rookie card craze of the mid-1980s when collectors realized that vintage copies of the card were starting to command huge dollars. Many were seeing greater returns than traditional investment portfolios. Oddly enough, it's not a rookie card as Bowman released one a year earlier. But it is the landmark card of one of the hobby's most important sets. The legend has overtaken any labels that might be attached to it.

For years, baseball cards were produced in multiple series with the first being printed at the start of the season and later series closer to the end. Latter series were printed in smaller quantities as the focus of children turned to the start of football season and a return to school. Mantle's card #311 was printed in a later series and, legend has it, that then Topps CEO, Sy Berger, dumped hundreds of unsold Topps cases into the Hudson River, forever sealing countless 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards in a watery tomb.

Top eBay Listings

Mickey Mantle 1963 Topps #200 PSA Graded EX+ 5.5 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB!
$202.50

Mickey Mantle 1964 Topps #50 PSA Graded EX-MT 6 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB!
$196.50

Mickey Mantle 1964 Topps Giants #25 PSA Graded NM-MT 8 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB!
$69.00

Mickey Mantle 1965 Topps #350 PSA Graded NM 7 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB! YANKEES!
$660.00

Mickey Mantle 1966 Topps #50 PSA Graded EX-MT 6 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB! YANKEES!
$183.51

Mickey Mantle 1966 Topps #50 PSA Graded VG-EX 4 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB! YANKEES!
$53.00

Mickey Mantle 1967 Topps #150 PSA Graded EX 5 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB! YANKEES!
$92.01

Mickey Mantle 1968 Topps #280 PSA Graded EX-MT+ 6.5 AMAZING CARD! NEW SLAB!
$194.00

Mickey Mantle 1969 Topps #500 PSA Graded EX-MT 6 Last Name In Yellow NEW SLAB!
$182.50

1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle HOF PSA 7(OC) (02038975) Yankees New York
$53.00

1958 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE PSA 6
$499.99

1957 Topps #95 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM-MT (OC) HOF
$579.58

MICKEY MANTLE 2007 BOWMAN STERLING GAME WORN PRIME REFRACTOR JERSEY PATCH 199!!
$124.99

MICKEY MANTLE TOPPS 1969 BASEBALL CARD #500 NEAR MINT- HOF
$300.00

2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Mickey Mantle 7 Signature Autograph
$970.00

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 1 Yankees Strong 1... PSA 1.5?
$10,000.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. DON SCHWARTZ (ID 26642) Hi Don,

    Nice card! Depending on the condition of the card, I’d say you’re probably looking at anywhere from $250-450 for the card if you were to list it online. If it’s the card I’m thinking of, the signature is on the back of the card, which makes it a little less desirable to card collectors, but not much. It is a nice card!

  2. I have a topps 2008 Mickey mantle mmr52 gold refractor I cant find anything on this card any idea on a price or if its rare

  3. Recent completed eBay listings have seen completed sales averaging around $25-30.

  4. Thanks

  5. I am asking about the sale value of a 1956 bowman triple crown baseball card. Good conition. Would you please advise.

    I am confused with this one. Thanks,
    Andrea

  6. I have a 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Diamond King 63 pc puzzle of Mickey Mantle. Can’t find this anywhere on line Great condition Please let me know value.

  7. I have a #311 Mickey Mantle 1996 Commemorative card ,with reflector and hard plastic protector.What value is it being its year make is 96′?

  8. I have a #311 gold mickey mantle card in mint condition w/hard case and authentication paper that is signed by jerry Gordon. I have researched and having trouble narrowing down the value of it. please help if you want pictures I can send them.

  9. oh its a 1996 topps edition

  10. I have a 1974 B/W topps signed photo, with Mantle batting lefty, and swing is complete. His number is “6”. I am wondering what the value is? Thanks, Eric Moye

  11. I have 9 porcelain cards 4×6 they have newspaper articles printed on them about baseball..one says Yankees win series then another says Yankees are champs on dailey news header..others have headline of different news papers..cant find anything simuliar please any help

  12. So I was looking through all the cards that I collected as a boy ( I was born in 1948) They have been put in the attic for over 40 years now and I found two Mickey Mantle cards in my collection. His 1951 rookie card and his 1968 card. How should I go about selling them?

  13. The best way would be first to have them graded through either PSA or SGC. Then listing them on eBay.

  14. I have a Mickey Mantle 2001 SP Legendary Game Uniform Card
    Number J-MM overall grade by Beckett at 8.5 with a stripe right down the middle. Can you tell me what is it worth. Thank you!

  15. Does anyone know how many of these Mickey Mantle 2001 SP Legendary Game Uniform Cards Number J-MM were produced?
    Thanks again!

  16. I have a question that really cant be answered yet and i hope it does now? Anyways, I have this beautiful Mickey Mantle 311 porcelain card but there is no date on this card at all. It also come with an Certificate of Authenticity that fits in the case with the card sign by Jerry Gordon. Oh its limited to 10 firing days also if that means something. Also I figured it would say reprint made ???but nothing I have a limited edition number on it says #36058 but cant find nothing on it. so will u please help me? thanks

  17. I have a 1966 Mantle Topps # 50, very good cond, well centered all corners in good shape, maybe you can give me idea of value, thanks for any help on this piece, sincerly, Clifton Vaughn j

  18. I have a vintage 1952 Topps mickey mantle rookie card (not a reprint). I’m interested in selling it. Does anyone know a good website to sell items without using a third party company?

  19. As much as I would like to say sell it to me…get the card Graded. PSA is the most recognizable but they will charge you a fee based on the value of the card. Beckett has a good grading service that charges by the card …regardless of value. I would start there. If it is graded 5 or higher then you might invest in PSA because the card would be worth $5-$10,000.

  20. I have two picture negatives that were the actual negatives of the pictures used for Mickey Mantles minor card. Any idea of worth? They are priceless to us because he was family but we would like to have them insured.

  21. I have a baseball signed by Mantle with the #7 under the autograph. I see a lot of balls signed with no7 written under autograph but not #7. Is it more valuable?

  22. I have some Micky Mantle b&w negatives from a 1963 party that Micky Mantle hosted for his baseball teammates, wives & associates. There is a group photo of the men in front of Micky Mantle’s large baseball portrait with Micky Mantle in the photo, plus a second photo of one of the guest poised to add pen marks or mustache(?) to the large portrait while the rest of the guys
    laugh about it. Are these negatives valuable as collector items?

  23. Josie Baird If you are interested in selling, fill out the form at this link and someone may be able to help you with the approximate value: https://www.cardboardconnection.com/collectopedia/resources/baseball-card-buyers

  24. I have the 1953 topps archive set that was made in 1991 could you tell me the value!
    (Mint Condition)

  25. I have a 1953 red heart dog food baseball card set all 33 cards how do I go about getting the whole set graded

  26. mMy son has a glass Mickey Mantle card for most valueable player for the year of 1956-1957 and Im trying to see how much it is worth

  27. i have a metal Mickey mantle card it’s the 1952 tops card but it’s made of metal can you give me any info on this it looks just like the 1952 card but only metal

  28. i have a few cards of him and originals and i get more cards from 50′ 60′ 70′ 80′ anybody who wants to buy them? you can call me at (408)5950756

  29. if somebody is interested in any of my co llection please contact me at 3254560202 i have mickey mantle harlom globtridders signatured and garrbage pail kids football baseball and basketball thers 19 big box to look threwsome new some are pretty old feel free to cantact me anytime

  30. I have a signed Mickey Mantle rookie year plaque standing at bat with all the stats stating 96 games played, 267 average, 13 homers, 65 RBI, 91 hits stadium stands in the background I would like to know if you have seen one and possible worth thank you. By the the way great condition.

  31. I have a 1962 Menu from the L>>A> Hilton Hotel autographed by Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, White Ford and Jesse Gonder==Wonder if this is worth anything?

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