Mickey Mantle Returns to Topps


Mickey Mantle and Topps are the baseball card equivalent of ice cream and apple pie — two pieces of Americana that just belong together. For the first time in nearly a decade, the pairing is back together.

Topps made the announcement via Twitter:

The last new Topps Mickey Mantle cards outside of buybacks and cut signatures that didn’t have his image were released in 2012.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

In 2017, Mantle’s estate signed an exclusive deal with Panini America who featured him for several years in their baseball products.

Mantle’s return to Topps comes at a time that they’re celebrating their 70th anniversary of being in the baseball card business.

The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle holds the current record for the most expensive sports card of all time with a PSA 9 copy selling for $5.2 million in January, 2021.

No specific plans for Mantle’s Topps return have been announced yet. Besides traditional sets, it could open things up for the Yankees icon to appear in both the Living Set and Project70.


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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  1. Shannon Michelle Bryant 23 March, 2021 at 18:58

    I have an autographed Mickey Mantle card from opening day 2008. Is it worth anything?

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 March, 2021 at 19:04

      @Shannon – I don’t think it’s a real autograph as Mantle passed away in 1995. My guess is that it’s a facsimile signature.

  2. William Hunter 24 March, 2021 at 08:01

    I have 3 Ken Griffey Jr. cards. #1 Rookie from Mariners. April 3, 1989 (24) MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT-card#46 and #548 /outfielder.
    What is the worth of these?

  3. Marty 25 March, 2021 at 00:25

    I have a Mickey Mantle signed baseball I bought in 1993 at a card shop across from Cooperstown called mickey’s place. What would be the present day price for the ball?

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