Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards Coming from Panini

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2017 Panini Eternal Mickey Mantle

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been a while since Mickey Mantle’s face was on a new baseball card. But that’s changing as Panini America has reached a multi-year agreement with the Hall of Famer’s estate.

The deal covers not only Mickey Mantle baseball cards but autographs and memorabilia as well. This allows Panini to acquire cut signatures and pieces directly from his family. Mantle will be included in up to six products each year. He’ll also be on packaging for a pair of products.

“Panini America has treated us like family from the beginning and blew us away with the amount of passion and respect their people have for our father and his legacy,” said Danny Mantle, Mickey’s son.

The first Panini Mickey Mantle cards won’t be included in packs will be released through the online Panini Eternal program starting April 3 under the Mickey Mantle Collection name.

Pack-inserted Panini Mickey Mantle cards are slated for 2017 Immaculate Baseball, which is currently scheduled for August. They will continue to appear in new products from that point on.

“We believe trading card collectors will be excited about what we will be creating in terms of product content and promotions by utilizing arguably the most collectible player in baseball history,” said Jim Stefano, Panini America Senior Director of Product Development.  “We plan to work closely with the Mantle family on The Mick’s triumphant and long-overdue return to the trading card marketplace.”

Although various companies have held exclusive deals with Mantle and his estate over the years, Topps was the last to do so. Their deal expired following the 2012 season and no new cards bearing his likeness have been produced since.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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6 comments

  1. Jonathan 3 April, 2017 at 17:20

    At least make these special, Panini. I’ve got loads of Mantle cards from the Topps days, and that’s just from busting packs. I don’t even collect the guy. Topps made that, like everything they do now, too easy due to number.

  2. Nick Cicinelli 4 April, 2017 at 13:43

    How many pictures of one man does a collector need before it can be considered an obsession. If you have more pictures of an athlete than you do of your own kids, that’s sick.

  3. jkz 4 April, 2017 at 15:24

    Panini – I DO NOT want this. Your cards are undesirable. I am NOT a fan of you making ANY baseball cards, now especially not this. Mantle was not from “NEW YORK” and he didn’t just play for “NEW YORK” , he was A YANKEE, but you can’t say that.

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