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1962 Post Mickey Mantle Uncut Box Tray
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
In 1962, just as today, in addition to standard large cereal boxes, Post also issued variety selections of little single-serving boxes in packs of ten called "Post-Tens." When sold back in the 1960s, the little cereal boxes sat in a cardboard tray. Kids loved the variety of cereals packaged all together, and for those who are old enough to remember, the boxes were designed to be cut open and used as bowls. The little cereal boxes were fun for kids, and they still are. This 1962 Post-Tens tray which once provided a platform for ten little boxes of cereal has somehow survived intact, which itself is a miracle, and features the following three 1962 Post Cereal baseball cards on the bottom: #5 Mickey Mantle, #75 Rocky Bridges, and #131 Willie McCovey. The Post Cereal baseball card issues (1961-1963) were primarily available on the backs of the company’s standard cereal boxes (ten cards per box), but as seen here, three cards were also available on the bottom of "Post-Tens" trays. Complete "Post-Tens" trays are incredibly rare. In fact, they are virtually nonexistent, which is understandable as they were almost always thrown out, or cut up as intended. The dimensions of the trays in themselves make them unlikely survivors, as they are naturally easily damaged. We're not sure how or why anyone would even think to save a complete tray in 1962. This is the first complete tray featuring any three ballplayers we have ever seen. The fact that this tray features Mickey Mantle is all the more remarkable. The tray (14 x 3.25 x 1.25 inches) is in extraordinary condition, carefully preserved and looking exactly as it did when it sat on the grocery store shelf in 1962. All of the side panels are perfect and the unit as a whole is in spectacular Near Mint (or better) condition. This is an extraordinary and very possibly unique Mickey Mantle package design card issue complete in its original uncut form as issued. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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