Back to a couple of more 1996 Topps posts. There are no parallel inserts in the 1996 Topps set (I’m not counting Team Topps or Topps Chrome – those are technically separate products) – so I don’t have a post for that from this year and I’m on to Factory Set specific cards. Both hobby and retail factory sets from 1996 had the same 2 “factory set only” insert cards (the cereal box versions had neither). Both of these cards are Mickey Mantle inserts. The first one is a parallel card of the Mick’s “retired” card #7. Similar to the “Case” Mantle inserts from series 2, this one is “factory sealed” with plastic around it – and that plastic has a gold foil stamp on the back that calls this “Last Day Production”.
The other card is a neat card that advertises Mantle’s charity – “Mickey’s Team” or the Mickey Mantle Foundation. It’s a cool looking card.
I bought both of these cards on Check Out My Cards recently.