Collector wins 1952 Mantle card via Topps promotion

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He was the right guy, in the right place at the right time.

Sonora, California collector Mark “Sparky” Davis was sitting at his computer late on the evening of September 16, redeeming several Topps Million Card Giveaway code cards when the screen flashed back three words that made his heart skip a few beats:  “Mickey Mantle 1952″.

Mark Davis holds a replica ’52 Mantle and his winning code

Davis, a collector of both vintage and current cards, had earned the pull of the year…one that tied the hobby’s past to its present.

His purchase of 2010 baseball cards had made him the lucky winner of one of the hobby’s holy grail cards,  a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” Davis told Sports Collectors Daily.  “Obviously I was overwhelmed by my good fortune but had no one to tell at that time of night. After several minutes of staring at the Mantle on my screen I called my girlfriend and explained to her what had happened.”

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