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Card # 45 Helmar This Great Game
Player Position Team
Mickey MANTLE (HOF) two bats New York Yankees
Top Auction Price Total Sold Avg # Bids Avg # Bidders Last Sold
$ 206.50 18 13 9 April 10, 2024

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: The first time Mutt Mantle saw his son play a major league game was also the first time he ventured north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The elder Mantle was proud of Mick, whom he named after Mickey Cochrane, the legendary catcher who helped the A’s and Tigers to several pennants in the 1930s. Mutt and his dad took turns throwing to young Mickey, one from the left side, the other from the right, helping the young ballplayer develop into a fantastic switch-hitter. If Mickey fails to break all the switch-hitting records, it’ll only be because managers order their pitchers to let him trot to first base after four wide ones.

About the Series

This series marks a step in a new direction for Helmar. For the first time we take a serious look at baseball in the 1950's and then, perhaps, the 1960's. The game found itself changing dramatically in this post WWII era, influenced by both the larger society and technological innovation. The color barrier may have been officially broken in 1947 but the acceptance of black players by the big league clubs came slowly, if surely. Reliable and inexpensive air transportation paved the way for geographic expansion. The game, which had been centered in the East and Midwest, found new opportunities along the West Coast.

The very center of the baseball world through the decade was New York City. New York teams competed in every World Series through the decade except for 1959. In many of those years both teams competing were from the city. Interestingly, New York also became the center of the art world at the same time. Migration after WWII brought many creatives to the Big Apple and movements such as abstract, modernism, surrealism and avant-garde.

Studying the era has inspired Helmar to use bold, often surreal colors in this series. We hope that you will join us as we explore this era of change.

Card size: 3" x 4"

Individually Numbered 1-20

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Helmar This Great Game, New York Yankees
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
1McDougald, GilFull figure batting$ 34.00
7RIZZUTO, PhilBunting$ 63.10
9FORD, WhiteyTossing ball$ 118.66
12MIZE, JohnnyLeaning forward, catching $ 38.00
34BERRA, YogiAt bat$ 100.00
35BERRA, Yogi; FORD, Whitey; MANTLE, Mickey;Together$ 149.39
43Howard, ElstonLooking left$ 52.00
45MANTLE, Mickeytwo bats$ 206.50
52Reynolds, AllieWind-up$ 79.60
54Skowron, Moosebatting follow through$ 61.00
60Baur, HankBatting follow through; building$ 87.50
77Larsen, DonElbow up, glove$ 79.00
79Martin, BillyKneeling with bat$ 152.50
107Woodling, GeneSide view batting; building$ 71.00
122DiMAGGIO, JoeEnd of swing$ 306.50
123Raschi, VicOrange sky$ 111.00


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Helmar This Great Game #45 Mickey MANTLE New York Yankees HOF
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