|Card front (blank back)|
Aside from being more internationally authoritarian, the American Post Cereal set differs in several notable ways from its Canadian counterpart.
- Post logo placed in politically key "Midwestern region"
- Complete absence of non-English languages
- Photo cropped closer to emphasize Mantle's dominance of the sport
- Red, white, and blue colors more balanced to improve patriotic presentation
As mentioned in the previous #5 post, there's one more 1962 card related to these three. That year, LIFE magazine co-opted 1961's famous "Mantle v. Maris" home run chase with a new subscription promo. It's numbered as part of the Post Cereal set, though obviously retains more value as a complete card.
|LIFE magazine insert|
See CenturyOldCards.com's "misc cards" page for a full-sized scan of this piece of Americana. KeyManCollectibles.com hosts a nice 1962 Post Cereal set profile, which shares the same checklist with the Canadian and JELL-O versions.
UPDATE: Found this six-card panel on eBay, featuring three players from each league, AL in blue and NL in red.
Value: Based on eBay completed auctions, NM Post cards go for $35-65 and VG cards about half that. That $65 listing used Buy-It-Now and looks like an outlier; the next highest NM auction (with bidding) went for $54.
Fakes / reprints: I've seen both fakes and reprints in the market, since Mantle's such a popular guy. 1960s cereal box cards used similar cardboard stock and thickness to those on store shelves today, so use that as a baseline. Also check for clear, sharp-edged type, as scanned and reprinting can blur the text.