Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/11/2011
If you are actively seeking the most eclectic Mickey Mantle cards from his playing days than this PSA 4 Venezuela Topps card is the one for you! In 1959, to help promote baseball in Venezuela, Topps began issuing baseball cards in this South America fan crazed region. With obverse side’s similar to the standard American issues (less the glossy surface), Venezuela Topps cards were shorter than the standard sized cards due to their virtually non-existent slim borders, and while the reverse side excluded player statistics, it did include a brief Hispanic written player “bio”. Seldom surfacing within the hobby, they are among the most nebulous of 1960’s subjects, and typically found in no better than “EX” condition due to the careless printing methodology and cheap cardboard utilized in the Venezuelan factories. Interestingly enough, the 1967 issue is the SOLE set distributed in an “odd numbered” year and was numbered 189 - 338, with the last set manufactured in 1968. While this Mantle offering does not qualify as his finest looking card, it is still one of his obscure type issues. His well renowned 1967 Topps portrait image has retained most of its original fresh hues, the corners depict even wear, no obtrusive creasing is evident and the reverse side is bold black print on a blue hues surface is super clean. Like one of Mickey’s majestic 536 long balls, you now have the opportunity to clout a home run of your own by adding this neat Venezuela Topps collectible to your esteemed Mickey Mantle cardboard gathering!
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