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Rare 1963 Topps Mickey Mantle Plaque Premium
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $5,288
Presented is one of the most unusual and rarest Mickey Mantle items to ever be issued: The 1963 Topps Mickey Mantle premium plaque. We have referred to this as a Topps premium in the title because that is how it is universally known and listed in guides. Legend has it that this rare Mantle item was offered as a mail-in premium by Topps and was advertised on its high-number series wax-pack wrappers. We are not 100% certain this legend is accurate, simply because we have never seen a wrapper advertising this item, or any other period reference. It may very well have been issued by Topps. We have never had one of these rare plaques and in all our years have only seen one other example. One of the great early dealers in rare cards and memorabilia was Tom Collier (interesting note: the initials of card manufacturer "TCMA" originally stood for founders "Tom Collier Mike Aronstein"). The only other example of this plaque we have ever seen was shown to us over thirty years ago by Tom Collier from his personal collection. For what it's worth, Tom Collier told us it was a cereal premium. However it was issued, it is an incredible rarity! The premium is actually an embossed, plastic plaque (6 x 8 inches) which was designed to look like a framed picture. The plaque is also easily damaged and a natural condition rarity. This example has the small holed tab that allowed for easy hanging missing on the top edge, and a tiny little chip in the extreme lower left corner of the "frame" (visible only when looking from the side). While technically in Good condition, the plaque is in remarkable condition for this item, especially given its age and fragile nature. There is no major cracking, and as a whole, presents minimally as Excellent. Consigned by an extremely advanced old-time Mantle collector who specialized in rare Mantle items and has saved this piece since the 1980s as one of his favorites. This is a very rare and unusual Mickey Mantle premium, dating from the early 1960s, that is on many want lists and would be a highlight item in any advanced Mickey Mantle collection. Beautifully presented in a custom-made wood and Plexiglas case that (not unlike a giant graded card holder) that is ideal for protection, handling, and display. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $5,288
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