1953 Stahl-Meyer Franks

Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995) is one of the most popular figures in sports history. During what many refer to as the Golden Age of baseball; more young boys idolized The Mick than any other player of the era. As the switch-hitting centerfielder of the New York Yankees, replacing Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, Mantle showcased an unprecedented combination of speed and power. In fact, Mantle’s tape-measure homeruns thrilled fans for nearly two decades (1951-1969). After injuring his leg during the 1951 World Series by stepping on a drain cover, Mantle’s speed was hindered but he remained one of the fastest players in the game. In 1956, Mantle won the Triple Crown by leading the league in batting average (.353), home runs (52), and RBI (130). That performance helped Mantle earn his first of three AL MVP Awards (1956, 1957 and 1962). This 16-time All-Star won seven World Series titles wearing pinstripes. Limited by injuries throughout his career, Mantle finished with impressive number nonetheless, including a batting average of .298, 536 home runs and 1,509 RBI. Mickey Charles Mantle was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

SMR Price Guide
NameEX 5EX-MT 6NM 7NM-MT 8MT 9
Mickey Mantle (HOF)$6,000$9,500$15,000$26,500$60,000

PSA Population Report  
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Condition Census (Explain)
PosGradeThumbnailPedigree and History
1MINT 9  
2NM 7  
3EX-MT 6  
4VG-EX 4  
5GOOD+ 2.5  
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This is one of Mickey Mantle's most elusive cards, and it resides in one of the key regional issues of the era. In 1953, this New York-based meat company decided to issue one of nine cards into packages of their hot dogs. In their first trading set, ... more

This is one of Mickey Mantle's most elusive cards, and it resides in one of the key regional issues of the era. In 1953, this New York-based meat company decided to issue one of nine cards into packages of their hot dogs. In their first trading set, they chose to manufacture three cards from each of the three New York area teams: the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees. Stahl-Meyer, who issued three different trading cards sets from 1953-1955, included some of the brightest stars from each of those teams, such as Duke Snider and Monte Irvin, but none of those stars shined brighter than Mickey Mantle, the key to the inaugural issue. These white-bordered cards, which measure approximately 3 ¼" by 4 ½" in size, were cut with diagonal corners, and the fronts were designed with a wax coating. In addition, these cards are not only very difficult to locate, but are extremely condition sensitive. This Mantle card is rarely seen and it remains one of the missing links to collections based on the Yankee legend. less

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