Authenticating Mickey Mantle Autographs

One of these Mickey Mantle autographs is real and the other is a forgery. Can you tell which is which?

No autograph is more popular than Mickey Mantle’s. And no autograph is forged more.

Many Mantle forgeries are easy to identify, once you know what to look for. Telling a skilled forgery from a genuine Mantle takes a lot more practice and study, but you can do it. Learn how to do both at our community site, Autograph Live.

There are hundreds of valuable Mickey Mantle discussions there. Start with these. The first one covers Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, too:

Which Mantle above is real? The one on the left. The one on the right is a machine-signed forgery. Hundreds of thousands have been sold.

Do you have a Mickey Mantle autograph—or any autograph—you want authenticity opinions on? Join Autograph Live and Post it here.

Interesting Baseball Card Promotion

February 18, 2010
I was going through the sports stations on the AM dial, and heard baseball legend Cal Ripken talking about his rookie baseball card. Any time an athlete talks about autographs or cards, I’m all in.

I was more interested when he talked about how Topps spend so much money buying old baseball cards to insert into current 2010 packs of baseball cards. They mentioned some Mickey Mantle rookie cards that were worth thousands and thousands of dollars. Of course, they mentioned the Ripken rookie. He laughed when he said that was only worth a few hundred.

I started thinking this was like Willy Wonka and that buying packs of cards would be like trying to get that golden ticket.

I checked the Topps website and got more interested when it said something about 1 in every 6 packs has a card with a code. When I saw the word “code” I have to admit, I cringed.

You see, I’ve long hated any contest products have that require you to log on to websites. Come on, people. But something in we can scratch with a quarter to see if we win.

And, putting those old baseball cards into packs, just seemed so exciting.

The website showed that an 87 Fernando Valenzuela card went.  A ’72 Ferguson Jenkens, and a few other players I wasn’t familiar with.