Superb 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips – Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM-MT – Only 9 PSA Examples Graded Higher"!
You will get no arguments from elite enthusiasts regarding Mickey Mantle's supreme status as the king of the post WWWII card market. His 1952 Topps rookie card has unquestionably elevated him to unparalleled prestige with hobbyists scrambling to obtain his most eclectic cardboard artifacts from the early 1950's. One of those highly sought-after collectibles is Mantle's 1954 Dan-Dee Potato chip gem presented here in an absolutely breathtaking PSA 8 NM-MT holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated 450+ '54 Mantle Dan-Dee cards with only nine examples graded higher! Just how Mantle climbed to the top of the post-war collecting market still remains an unsolved mystery. True, his 1952 Topps rookie card ignited the fury, but the exact reason how that one particular card became a hobby icon may never achieve full resolution. Was it Mickey's incredible tape measure home runs as the result of his supernatural like power? Or maybe the fact that he was the centerpiece on the greatest franchise in American sports history?
Regardless of a definitive answer, the fact remains Mickey Mantle's cardboard keepsakes are considered royalty, and only a handful could possibly boast the combined rarity and high-grade characteristics of this seldom seen high grade Dan-Dee memento. The rather scarce Dan-Dee set includes 29 unnumbered cards that were issued in bags of potato chips. Measuring approximately 2-1/2" x 3-5/8", the colorful subjects primarily included players from the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates. However, to promote its popularity, random stars were placed in the set including Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Gil Hodges, Monte Irvin, Bob lemon, Phil Rizzuto, Duke Snider and the immortal Mickey Charles Mantle. Due to the serious potential of the potato chips' greasy stains infiltrating their waxed surfaces, many Dan-Dee cards carry soiled surfaces, yet somehow this offering has managed to elude any significant blemishes while still emanating virtually all of its original pristine qualities. Bested by only a meager nine examples, this miraculous Mantle offering merits the utmost attention from any world class enthusiast. Most significantly, the classic Mantle portrait central image that is likewise affixed to his Stahl-Meyer and Briggs Meats issues reveals virtually dead on 50/50 centering, a near-impossible feat.
As most enthusiasts surely realize, nearly all Dan-Dee subjects are seriously plagued by sewed images, and this Cooperstown worthy offering has literally defied insurmountable odds in not only eluding any notable surface flaws, but also boasting a sparkling image emanating near-perfect positioning between four super clean borders. Razor sharp corner tips, a fine perimeter, crystal clear clarity, a brilliant waxed surface and a near-impeccable verso complete this 68-year-old gem that has stubbornly defied father-time. As an additional attribute, since there was no 1954 Mantle card issued by the Topps Chewing Gum Company, along with Mantle's 1954 Bowman and Stahl-Meyer subjects, this superior offering provides a grand opportunity for the sophisticated collector to own an elite 1954 baseball card representing the Commerce Comet. By 1954, the "Mick" had established himself as one of baseball's premier players, belting 27 round-trippers and knocking in 102 runs during the campaign his Dan-Dee Potato Chip card was issued. Our utmost compliments to this offering's previous owners for preserving its original factory issued attributes, with its world class PSA 8 assessment and remarkable centering substantiating its esteemed stature!
MIN BID $7,500