A Signed Mickey Mantel Postcard: Do People Still Collect Postcards?
Mickey Charles Mantle or as commonly known as The Commerce Comet and The Mick was born on October 20, 1931 and died in August 13, 1995. Mantle was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League (MLB) career (1951–1968) with the New York Yankees as a center fielder, right fielder, and first baseman. Mantle was one of the best players and sluggers and is regarded by many as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. He was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Mantle was one of the greatest offensive threats of any center fielder in baseball history. He has the second highest career OPS+ among center fielders, (behind Mike Trout) and he had the highest stolen base percentage in history at the time of his retirement. In addition, compared to the other four center fielders on the All-Century team, he had the lowest career rate of grounding into double plays, and he had the highest World Series on-base percentage and World Series slugging percentage. He also had an excellent .984 fielding percentage when playing center field. Mantle was able to hit for both average and power, especially tape measure homeruns, a term that had its origin in a play-by-play caller reacting to one of Mantle's 1953 home runs. He hit 536 MLB career home run and batted 300 or more ten times and is the career leader (tied with Jim Thorne) in walk off home runs, with 13—twelve in the regular season, one in the postseason. He is the only player in history to hit 150 home runs from both sides of the plate.
There was once a time when, believe it or not, when people didn’t have television, cellphones, computers, Wi-Fi was unheard of, and one of the most exciting highlights of someone’s day might have been receiving a post card of one of the greatest MLB players to ever live. In the late 19th century, news and correspondence traveled via telegraph, the U.S. Postal Service, radios, newspapers and early telephones, which were quite considered relatively crude by todays standard. People were sending postcards, by the millions. By the early 20th century, the typical American had a steady stream of incoming and outgoing postcards. The topics pictured on postcards were wildly varied including landmarks, buildings, scenery, people, animals, political commentary, and of course, baseball. Around the turn of the 19th century, baseball photos, cartoon like graphic images, and baseball stadiums appeared more popularly amongst postcard senders. The postcards became ideal collecting pieces because as the game itself exploded in popularity in the early 20th century, the quantity of baseball-related postcards grew along with it.
As the decades went by, especially in the latter half of the 20th century, all kinds of baseball memorabilia got hot and shot up in demand, from cards and autographs to game-worn jerseys and game-used bats. In a way, these items pushed postcards into the hobby’s shadow. However, there is a healthy supply and demand of postcards that exist today due to the abundance of rare and unique postcards that are typically tucked away in the depths of ones garage or attic space. Despite the fact that postcards are rarely in use, these items still represent a nostalgic time in which it was the only and most dependent way to communicate with one another. Many collectors enjoy finding these vintage postcards and adding them to their collection or perhaps benefiting from a profit in the case were the postcard is signed, rare, and in good condition!
Mickey Mantle, Signed, Commemorative Post Card 1989 - $1.5K Appraisal Value
This is a postcard picturing a drawing of Mickey Mantle, which he signed below his picture. Designed by Perez Steele Galleries, this postcard is number 1,572/10,000. The card is in excellent condition with no damages, kept in protective plastic.
Appraisal Value: $1,500.00
Our Price: $595.00
The above item comes with a free certified insurance appraisal valued at $1,500.00
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