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1960 Post Cereal Mickey Mantle
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
Stunning high-grade example of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, the key card from the 1960 Post Cereal set with side panel "Bio" still attached. Because of their method of issue, on the backs of cereal boxes, these are rarely seen in high grade. 1960 Post Cereals have always been the "king" of all Post Cereal cards. They are large, beautiful, and rare not just because they were issued only one card per box; they are just rare, and this was the first year of issue for Post Cereal baseball cards. In the "old days" of the organized hobby, 1960 Post were always known for their mythic rarity, and were among the most valuable cards of the era. In recent years, with all the emphasis on graded cards, both larger-format cards and hand-cut cards have received very little attention. 1960 Post may be a little overlooked in today's marketplace, but it is one of the great classic sets of the era. Issued one card per box of Post Cereal, they were intended to be carefully cut from the backs of the packages by youngsters in exactly the same manner as Wheaties cards were in the 1930s. 1960 Post cards were the first, and by far the rarest, of the Post Cereal issues of the early 1960s. For this condition-sensitive package design issue, the example presented here is spectacular. There are some very light surface wrinkles on the "Bio" area (which is almost always entirely missing) and the reverse; otherwise the card is Nr/Mt. (If encapsulated, it will still almost certainly grade "Authentic" due to being hand-cut, as are all 1960 Post cards; this has been the case with all examples encapsulated by SGC to date.) This is an outstanding example of Mickey Mantle, the key card from one of the most substantial and rare sets of the 1960s. Also included are two additional 1961-1963 Post cereal box front panels, each with advertising for "Free Baseball Trading cards" on the back of the box, and featuring Mantle. Total: 3 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528
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