I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from a reader of this blog alerting me to an eBay auction of a 1968 Topps Mickey Mantle.
When I looked up the card, I found this beauty: the same card I had actually been monitoring for a few days. It's like this card was made for this site.
How could I resist – even at $26.09.
When the envelope came in the mail a few days ago, it was postmarked Massachusetts.
I wish I knew the story behind this card.
Was it altered by a disgruntled Red Sox fan? Was it taped to a bedpost reminding its owner of the hated Yankees? Would the original artist have applied his hand if he knew the card would someday be worth a bundle?
All questions I will never know the answers to.
But it's fun wondering, isn't it?
Seeing as I go by beardy and all, I seriously wanted this card, but couldn't justify bidding that much to get it, even if it is a Mantle.
Seeing your post however, has left me filled with regret. What an awesome and unique card to have. The fact that it's a Mantle only makes it more hilarious.
Totally awesome that it ended up in a card blogger's hands regardless!
What an excellent find! Now that he's got a stately beard and pipe, does the Mick need a smoking jacket and some slippers?
my money is on "disgruntled Red Sox fan."
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