I've been asked why I decided to create a 1971 Mantle even though he played his last game in 1968. Well the answer is simple: Because Topps hasn't yet. They have made a Mantle card for every year since 2006. and in 2006 they made Mantle cards for 1996-2005. They also made a special Walmart insert in the style of 1970. That leaves 25 years of Mantles that I'm sure they will put out sooner or later. I'm just taking a shot at it first. So here is my version of the 1972 Mantle card that Topps will eventually issue.