Circa 1952 Mickey Mantle Fan Club Pinback. Earning its reputation as "The King of All Post-War Pins" honestly, the early Mantle Fan Club issue claims fewer than half a dozen survivors, one of which is pictured on the cover of the 2004 definitive hardcover guide on the topic, Paul Muchinsky's Baseball Pinback Buttons (Great Oaks Press). The presented example was recently unearthed in Las Vegas, Nevada and makes its first appearance in the collecting hobby here. Just the second example to reach the auction block since Barry Halper's personal pin realized $12,650 at his famous 1999 sale, this celluloid beauty presents marvelously with light, essentially inconsequential crazing of the glossy surface only apparent at certain angles to the light. Moderate oxidation of verso does not affect the front. Diameter: 1.25". An exceedingly rare artifact of which only the most comprehensive and advanced collections are worthy.

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