Vintage Mickey Mantle Cards and Other Stars Purchased by Just Collect

A Walk-in Collection at Just Collect With Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Cy Young, and More!
  • October 18, 2023

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A fresh-to-the-hobby collection of vintage cards came through our doors here at the Just Collect store in New Jersey. A local gentleman stopped by, interested in finding his collection a new home. From Cy Young to Mickey Mantle, see what Just Collect proudly purchased. 

Our doors are always open here at Just Collect. If you're interested in selling your collection, not only can we make appointments to travel to you, we also have a store that you're always welcome in whenever you're nearby. We are always buying and selling vintage collections at the Just Collect store. A gentleman named Scott found us through a Google search and realized we are located just 10 minutes away from his home.

Scott was heavy into collecting comic books as a kid. He and his dad would visit their nearby hobby store where they would buy and trade their collectibles. While Scott was more focused into the comics, his dad was all about baseball cards - anything baseball!

Recently, Scott decided to sell the cards his dad collected from back in their hobby store-visiting days, and visited our store here in Millburn, NJ. Realizing we are located just around the corner, Scott made the short trip to bring the cards here directly for a free appraisal. Here are a few of the cards Scott had:


In the first slide, you can see a beautiful 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson on top. The horizontal design is one of our favorites. Jackie can be seen sliding into home behind his portrait; such a spectacular card and set. In the middle on the left you'll see a 1967 Topps Mickey Mantle. The Mick was near the end of his illustrious career; a veteran at the age of 35 in this close-up shot with a blue background. He and his dad would visit their nearby hobby store where they would buy and trade their collectibles. Sandwiched between the Mantle cards is a 1909-11 T206 Cy Young. Not only did Scott's dad collect stars of the 1950's and 1960's, he had an eye for vintage legends on tobacco cards, too. The Hall of Famer is pained in front of a gorgeous orange and yellow sky. The last card in the first slide is none other than Willie Mays from 1967 Topps. Mays was all smiles in this card, perhaps because he was still putting up phenomenal stats - he named an All-Star that season and won a Gold Glove award.

Slide two is filled with more stars and legends! The entire middle row contains four more Mickey Mantle cards. He and his dad would visit their nearby hobby store where they would buy and trade their collectibles. In the bottom row history continues with Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, and another Willie Mays card. Each one of the cards alone are stupendous; what a treat to see them all in a row.

Legends galore in slide three. Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, Brooks Robinson, and Rod Carew are in the top row. Mantle, Aaron, and Banks in the middle, followed by Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, and another Roberto Clemente card on that bottom row. 

Each time your eyes move to a new card, the memories of your youth come back. Whether you collected these cards as a kid, or you heard the stories from your dad like Scott did, this collection takes you back to carefree days and 10-cent packs of cards. The days of hand-writing down your cards or using a pen to check off the cards from each set you had on the back of the checklist card. Did you ever use graph paper to keep track of your sets? We did! You could probably still find the graph paper holding the counts of 1987 Topps with the wood borders in our houses. 

We gave Scott our free appraisal and he happily accepted. He wanted these cards to go to a new home that would appreciate them the way his dad did. We paid Scott how he wanted to be paid. When you sell your collection to Just Collect, we will pay you in cash, certified check, wire transfer - you name it!

Your local card shop is generally not well equipped to appraise or purchase vintage cards or collections like this. The retail stores are focused on selling modern products and simply don't have the time or the knowledge to carefully evaluate vintage collections. This is where we are happy to help you. Stop by the Just Collect store any time; we'd love to meet you! 


Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List.

We always offer a FREE APPRAISAL for your collection here at the Just Collect site. Just click here:


We offer may ways to evaluate your cards other than or using our website, too.

  • Travel to Us

If you can make the trip here like the son from my hometown did for this collection- we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

  • Come to convention

We keep a LIST of card shows we'll be attending.  Come stop by the Just Collect table and chat.

  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want us to come to you, we'll hop on the next plane out.

  • Meet in New York City

We have another location in New York you can meet us at; read all the information here.

  • SHIP your collection 

If you choose to mail your cards for an appraisal, we will evaluate your cards for FREE still. If you choose not to sell the cards, we'll ship them back shipping fees paid by us!  We can offer our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us. Simply contact the office to set up this option.


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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