Monday, March 19, 2012

1984 Topps Mickey Mantle

On May 23rd Topps will release the 2012 Archives set. It will include a 1967 Sticker and a 1968 3D card of Mickey Mantle. Both of these were test sets and neither featured Mantle originally. It will also include a Mickey Mantle card in the base set. The base set will feature players on 1954, 1971, 1980 and 1984 cards. I'm not sure which year card will feature Mantle but with this posting I've beaten Topps to the punch on 1971, 1980 and 1984. The 1954 Mantle, though not actually issued in 1954 has been done several times.

Originally it was done by Upper Deck in 1994. Upper Deck had the exclusive rights to Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle the same year Topps was producing the 1954 Archives set.
In 2006 eTopps issued a Mantle set that included the 1954 and 1955 Cards That Never Were.
In 2007 Topps inserted "Mickey Mantle Story" cards into packs. This was a 75 card set featuring the style of 1952-1957 Topps cards. 15 different Cards (MMS31-MMS45) were based on the 1954 design.
In 2008 Topps inserted Mantle cards into their factory sets including this card. They basically took the 2006 eTopps card and gave it either a blue or gold background.
In 2011 Topps issued a subset of "Lost Cards" including this card.


  1. Nice work on the '84 Topps! There is one more '54 Topps Mantle variation made by Sports Illustrated (in 1984?). The card is part of a 12 card set of Yankee players Topps missed in their '54 set.

    Larry Fritsch still offers it for sale.

  2. Topps also did another 1954 card in 2007 as part of the Mantle reprint jersey card. They were numbered to 54. Can't seem to find a picture of that, but if memory serves me correctly it looked similar to the one produced last year as part of the "Lost Cards" subset.

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  4. Here is the card I was talking about: