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Old 01-08-2017, 08:12 PM
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I saw this on Twitter today and thought it was pretty cool. I don't know anything about the origin, etc. but, as a 1952 collector, I thought it was worth sharing.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:23 PM
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I saw this on Twitter today and thought it was pretty cool. I don't know anything about the origin, etc. but, as a 1952 collector, I thought it was worth sharing.
That is cool!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:26 PM
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I saw this on Twitter today and thought it was pretty cool. I don't know anything about the origin, etc. but, as a 1952 collector, I thought it was worth sharing.
Interesting Mantle is a highlight on the ad after just the 51 season.
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Interesting Mantle is a highlight on the ad after just the 51 season.
Good point. All of the players mentioned are from NY teams. Probably a local NY ad. In this ad, Mantle would probably be mentioned (even as a 2nd year player) because he was a Yankee. Just a theory.
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Interesting Mantle is a highlight on the ad after just the 51 season.
That was my first thought as well. But this ad seems to be for the high series, (right everybody?) which means it came out later in the year. So maybe as the '52 season progressed, he was becoming more and more well known in the baseball world?
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That was my first thought as well. But this ad seems to be for the high series, (right everybody?) which means it came out later in the year. So maybe as the '52 season progressed, he was becoming more and more well known in the baseball world?
Absolutely correct. By Spring 1953, the first Mantle biography, written by Ben Epstein, was already published after only two seasons.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:36 AM
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Something about this doesn't look authentic to the period. The typography is very clean and precise for the era. And the font family, Franklin Gothic, wasn't commonly used by Topps during that time.

I'm not calling this out as a fake, but I have a healthy dose of skepticism without more info about it's origin.
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I'm not an expert, but when I saw the list of names it also made me wonder if it was a fantasy piece.
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Looks suspiciously modern to me...


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Interesting Mantle is a highlight on the ad after just the 51 season.
Not really unusual....the 5 players listed (Jackie, Mickey, Campy, Bobby and Pee Wee) are all Hi # cards. I collected these cards
as a kid, and these cards were not available until the Fall of 1952.

Mantle was having a great season in 1952. By the Summer of 1952, Mickey was becoming the most popular player in Baseball.


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