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1962 Post Cereal Canadian Six-Card Uncut Panel Featuring #5 Mickey Mantle

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,080

Extraordinarily rare complete six-card uncut panel of 1962 Post Cereal Canadian, highlighted by the key card of #5 Mickey Mantle. Also featured are #55 Wynn (HOF), 82 Kluszewski, 174 Skinner, 178 Friend, and 196 Smith. The Canadian Post Cereal set is very similar to its American counterpart, but far rarer due to its very limited distribution in Canada. The Canadian set presents player biographies in both French and English. Complete six-card insert panels, issued with Post's Sugar Crisp brand, are incredibly rare. According to advanced research into the 1962 Post Cereal Canadian set conducted by Dan Mabey, author of several guides on Post Cereal cards, estimates are that only approximately twenty intact panels (in total) are known to exist. Several more panels are known that have been separated along the center perforation over time and now exist as three-card partially panels. Even if this figure is too conservative (perhaps some complete panels exist in collections that have not been counted, or have yet to be discovered!), the number of intact panels featuring Mickey Mantle statistically would be a very small fraction of the total surviving population. While we have not personally seen any others, we have to imagine that the offered example would compare very favorably to or exceed any others in existence in overall quality and presentation. Presenting as Near Mint overall, the six-card panel is entirely clean and crisp, with bright colors, strong corners, and flawless edges. The blank reverse displays a few tiny surface wrinkles (one near the edge of the Mantle card and two others near the top border, affecting Wynn and Skinner) as well as two small areas of paper loss, which would technically render the piece VG if submitted for professional grading despite a far sueprior appearance. These small technical flaws are of little consequence, and this is all the more so the case when one takes into consideration the incredible rarity of this piece. An extremely attractive Mantle rarity that would be a superb and significant addition to any Post Cereal or Mickey Mantle collection. (Note: For more information about Dan Mabey's Post Cereal guides, you can visit http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/passion-for-post-dan-mabeys-books-are-ultimate-guides-to-1960s-post-cereal-cards/. To read more about the 1962 Post Cereal Canadian set, you can visit http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=191745 to read a lengthy and informative post made by Dan on the subject.) SOLD FOR $1,080


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