1960 Topps

Mickey Mantle

1960 Topps 350 Mickey Mantle

Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995), like his predecessor in the New York Yankees centerfield, Joe DiMaggio, became one of the most popular figures in sports history both during and after his playing career. Raised in Oklahoma, Mickey was the son of Mutt Mantle, a lead miner and former minor league player in his own right, who reared him to be a big league player and taught The Mick how to bat from both sides of the plate in anticipation of manager options as relievers were becoming more prevalent. As a teenager, his baseball career, and potentially his life was nearly ended when he suffered a injury that turned into a severe infection on the football field in high school. When a Yankees scout came to see one of Mantle's teammate's Mickey hit three home runs in the game and wowed fans and the scout alike. The New York Yankees signed Mickey a year later after his high school graduation and assigned him to the minor leagues. Mantle's meteoric rise through the ranks of the New York farm system compounded by the press' coverage of the young phenom who the dubbed to become the "next" Yankees star. He was originally assigned the number "6" to follow Babe Ruth's #3, Lou Gehrig's #4 and teammate Joe DiMaggio's #5. And, to add to the extraordinary pressure, DiMaggio announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 1951 season, Mickey's rookie campaign.

The Yankees sent the young phenom to the Kansas City Blues, but after only 40 games with the club was called up to New York for the stretch run as the Yankees ran away with the American League pennant. Facing the New York Giants in the World Series, Mantle suffered a severe knee injury, potentially a torn ACL, in Game 2 chasing down a fly ball off the bat of fellow rookie Willie Mays. The injury would nag him for the duration of his career. At the end of the season, Mickey moved over to the vacated centerfield, as Joltin' Joe DiMaggio entered retirement, and remained there for the majority of his career. In his first five seasons in New York, Mickey averaged 144 hits, 24 home runs and 89 RBI and starting in 1952, earned his first of 20 All-Star selections. In 1956, Mantle had a career year led the AL in batting average (.353), home runs (52) and RBI (130) to win the elusive Triple Crown as well as the American League Most Valuable Player award. He won his second consecutive AL MVP award in 1957 as he batted .365 with 173 hits, 34 home runs and 94 RBI as well as a league-leading 121 runs scored and 146 walks. He won a third AL MVP award in 1962. During what many refer to as the Golden Age of baseball; more young boys idolized The Mick than any other player of the era. Mantle showcased an unprecedented combination of speed and power and his tape-measure home runs thrilled fans for nearly two decades (1951-1969). He also led the Bronx Bombers to seven World Series titles during this span as he set the World Series all-time record for most career home runs with 18, most runs scored (42), RBI (40), walks (43), extra base hits (26) and total bases (123).

In 1959, the Yankee acquired the power-hitting right fielder Roger Maris from the Kansas City Athletics and the two became fast friends, earning the nickname the "M&M Boys." In 1961, Mantle and Maris captivated the American people as they began an assault on Babe Ruth's record 60 home runs in a single season. Mantle was unfortunately struck down my infection during the race for Ruth's record and finished the season with 54 dingers while Roger Maris topped The Babe on the final day of the season in Boston. But, during the chase, just as Mantle had experienced in New York after replacing the beloved Yankee Clipper, Maris struggled with the press and was portrayed as surly and "not a true Yankee" as many believed Mantle should have been the one to top Ruth's record. However, Mantle stood by Maris and helped him through all of the unwarranted criticism. Mickey played 18 years with the New York Yankees and lived a hard life of partying and carousing, not wanting to miss out on anything as he assumed he would suffer an early demise just as his father had and his grandfather before him. Though his career was riddled with injuries that kept The Mick out of the lineup far too often, Mantle finished his playing career with a .298 batting average, 2,415 hits including 536 home runs and drove in 1,509 RBI.

Following his playing career, Mickey suffered through a handful of bad investments including the failed Mickey Mantle's Country Cookin' chain of restaurants during the 1970s, but he did enjoy the success of Mickey Mantle's Restaurant & Sports Bar across from Central Park in Midtown Manhattan. The 1980s also ushered in a new era for the sports collectibles and memorabilia market, and few were a bigger draw than Mickey himself. He was unquestionable the biggest draw in the industry up until his death and he frequently insisted that lesser-known former teammates accompany him so that they too could capitalize on the recent boom. Mantle's hard living eventually caught up to him as he underwent treatment for alcoholism an eventually required a liver transplant. Unfortunately, only three months after his transplant, Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995. In 1969, the Yankees retire his number "7" and in 1974, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but for the remainder of the 1995 season the New York Yankees worn black armbands with his "7" above them in memory of their fallen comrade. Mickey Mantle remains one of the most beloved Yankees in the history of the franchise and is memorialized in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park with his plaque affectionately noting that he was "a great teammate." In 1998, The Sporting News named him to "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players" list and the following year, ESPN's SportsCentury series ranked him 37th of the "50 Greatest Athletes."

EX 5 EX-MT 6 NM 7 NM-MT 8 MT 9
$200 $300 $500 $1,450 $8,000
Auth 1Q 1 1.5Q 1.5 2Q 2 2.5 3Q 3 3.5 4Q 4 4.5 5Q 5 5.5 6Q 6 6.5 7Q 7 7.5 8Q 8 8.5 9Q 9 10 Total
6 11 114 14 9 194 10 27 382 12 45 698 23 54 963 15 92 1032 19 143 778 8 136 275 4 15 27 5106
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9 (27)
Public Auctions
Grade Price Date Firm Sale Lot #
NM-MT 8 (0) $1,110 Jul-2013 Greg Bussineau Auctions Summer 2013 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction 260
NM-MT 8 $1,185 Jan-2013 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction 681
NM-MT 8 $1,229 Nov-2012 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV 440
MINT 9 $8,138 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 86
NM-MT 8 $1,255 Jul-2012 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities 834
EX-MT 6 $239 Oct-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction 41010
EX-MT 6 $335 Apr-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 40010
EX 5 $191 Mar-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 41028
EX 5 $191 Mar-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 44001
EX 5 $263 Feb-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 42011
EX-MT 6 $263 Oct-2010 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 44020
NM-MT 8 $1,181 Jul-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizziling Summer 2010 424
VG-EX 4 $191 May-2010 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 44026
NM-MT 8 $1,016 Apr-2010 Heritage Auctions 2010 April Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction 81368
NM 7 $418 Mar-2010 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 42022
MINT 9 $3,661 Jul-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer Vintage Rarities 25
NM-MT 8 $1,074 Jul-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer Vintage Rarities 465
NM-MT 8 $2,301 Mar-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Classic Rarities 498
MINT 9 $4,430 Nov-2008 Memory Lane, Inc. Winter Extravaganza Rarities 75
NM-MT 8 $1,181 Nov-2008 Memory Lane, Inc. Winter Extravaganza Rarities 17
NM-MT 8 $1,181 Aug-2008 Memory Lane, Inc. Hot Summer Classic Rarities 714
EX 5 $239 Mar-2008 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 45021
NM-MT 8 $887 Nov-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. Serious Rarities 552
MINT 9 $6,895 Aug-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card and a Few Surprises 21
NM-MT 8 $1,074 Aug-2007 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card and a Few Surprises 720
NM 7 $657 Jun-2007 Heritage Auctions Monthly Internet Sports Auction 12089
MINT 9 $4,183 May-2007 Heritage Auctions 2007 May Sports Collectibles Signature Auction 19844
EX-MT 6 $311 Jan-2007 Heritage Auctions Monthly Internet Sports Auction 10080
NM-MT 8 $976 Nov-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Fall 2006 607
NM-MT+ 8.5 $1,572 Jul-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles II 713
NM-MT 8 $1,299 Mar-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles I 369
MINT 9 $4,875 Oct-2004 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure Card 22

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