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1956 PM15 "Yellow Basepath" Mickey Mantle Pin PSA MINT 9
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,162.50
Graded MINT 9 by PSA. Absolutely stunning, ultra high-grade Mint example of Mickey Mantle from the very popular PM15 Yellow Basepath pin set. This is the first and only Mickey Mantle PM15 pin that has been graded PSA MINT 9, with none graded higher. High-grade examples of PM15 Yellow Basepath pins are particularly rare because these are litho pins, as opposed to celluloid pins. Litho pins are very condition sensitive. They are very susceptible to scratches because their designs are printed directly onto the metal, as opposed to being printed on paper and encased under protective celluloid covering, as is the case with celluloid pinbacks. This condition sensitivity makes the incredible Mint condition of this example of Mickey Mantle even more incredible. Pins are just beginning to be graded. It will be interesting to see how the market will evolve in the years to come for the key stars in the highest grades from the most popular sets. We had no choice but to guess on the estimate on this pin. If prices for high-grade cards from the era are any indication, we may be low. PM15s are far rarer than Topps and Bowman cards of the era. The "Yellow Basepath" set includes 32 stars. Issued in 1956, these popular pins were dispensed by bubble-gum machines placed in five-and-dime stores and at supermarkets. Mantle is the key to this 32-pin set. Diameter: 7/8 inch. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,162.50
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