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Mantel Quality Stories: Rick Harrison

For the last 15 years, collectors and TV viewers across the globe have known Rick Harrison as the extremely knowledgable and tough-as-nails proprietor of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop featured on Pawn Stars.

But what TV viewers rarely get to see is Rick's personal collection, and his incredible passion for collectibles and historical objects.

On the latest episode of Mantel Quality Stories, hosted by @Buster, Rick shows off his favorite personal items- some of which we here at Mantel had never seen before, and we're confident will blow you away.

https://youtu.be/FOwiJqsNOpg?feature=shared

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Exciting Updates for Mantel Community Members!

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Hello Mantel Collectors!

We’re excited to share some updates that celebrate and reward our vibrant Mantel community! Check out what we’ve prepared for you:

Mantel Referral Program
At Mantel, we truly value each and every one of our community members. As a thank you for helping our community grow, we’re launching our referral program. Just share your unique referral link, and for every friend who signs up and posts on Mantel, you both earn a Mantel Coin. These coins can be redeemed for awesome rewards like a Mantel mug, t-shirt, hat, or hoodie. It’s our way of saying thanks for spreading the word and growing our collector’s community!

Mantel Merchandise Shop
Can’t wait to get your hands on some cool Mantel gear? Head over to our new Merchandise Shop where you can purchase all the Mantel merch you desire. Whether it’s a mug to sip your coffee while browsing your collections or a hoodie to keep you comfy during your collectible hunts, we’ve got you covered.

Your enthusiasm and engagement are what make our community great. These new features are just a small token of our appreciation. Thank you for being such an integral part of Mantel. Let’s keep connecting, sharing, and collecting together!

Start Referring: https://www.onmantel.com/invite-friends
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Original Photograph Used For Honus Wagner T206 Trading Card On Auction

Link preview image for The Collectibles Guru on X: "The ORIGINAL photograph from 1902 used to produce the Honus Wagner T206 trading card is cur...

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The Collectibles Guru on X: "The ORIGINAL photograph from 1902 used to produce the Honus Wagner T206 trading card is cur...

The ORIGINAL photograph from 1902 used to produce the Honus Wagner T206 trading card is currently up for auction and it's estimated to sell for 6 figures...🤯 The image is considered by many to be one of the most important EVER taken of a baseball subjec...

The photo to produce iconic Honus Wagner T206 trading card is currently being auctioned. The photo is such a big part of baseball history - curious how much it will end up at.

https://x.com/ericwhiteback/status/1803812187539898776

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Mantel Trivia Challenge #11. Who's That Player?

Copa America tournament begins today with Argentina vs Canada at 8pm et. Can you guess the Argentina player on this card?

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Collecting Sneakers

Hey everyone! How many sneakerheads are in this community?

I'm getting interested in sneaker collecting and need some guidance. I'd love some tips on getting started, checking for authenticity, care and maintenance, and good websites or shops to buy from. 😎

Thanks a lot!

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Today and Tomorrow.

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Big game tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama, honoring the Negro Leagues and the one and only, Mr. Willie Mays. I would like to give a shout out today to Todd Cleveland, a professor at the University of Arkansas, as well as all the players he interviewed and shared their stories in his book - Following the Ball. The book is about the migration of African soccer players in their struggles in 1950 to 1975 from Angola and Mozambique to mainland Portugal during the end of colonization. Great book, I highly recommend it. Regretfully, I have not collected baseball, but would love to share some of my cards from my humble personal card collection of those players in Angola and Mozambique - to honor not only them today, but also all the Negro League players, and any athlete or person who has had to overcome discrimination. One of cards is my only 1952 rookie grail of the great Matateu, as well as his younger brother Vincente, who along with Eusebio, Coluna, and Hilario, later carried Portugal to their best ever World Cup finish of third place in 1966. Hope you will look up their stories. Reminder that tomorrow's game at Rickwood Field starts at 7.15 pm EST and 4.15 pm PST. Let us check in to hear and learn from their stories. Hope to start a chase for my first baseball collectible after watching the game tomorrow.
RIP Mr. Willie Mays.
1. Matateu 1952 rookie card (my 1952 grail card) from Azes Futebollistas collection.
2. Matateu in action for Os Belenenses club team. Insert from 1950's Mundo de Adventura comic.
3. Matateu's younger brother Vincente, who played on 1996 World Cup team. From 57/58 Caramelos JogadoresdaBola collection.

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1950’s Hanna Batrite Pro Model BILLY KLAUS

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Purchased this at a price I couldn’t pass up! The marking No. 3M “Pro Treated” indicate this is a pro model bat and match with a 50’s era Johnny Mize Hanna Batrite that sold on Goldin in 2019!

I had not previously heard of this maker but tjey were making bats swung by Lou Gehrig back in the 30’s!

Here is a good read on Hanna Batrite!

https://mearsonline.com/solving-th/

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What if? Tom Brady Picking Baseball Instead Of Football

The 2023 Bowman “Dream Draft Picks” card set was released in December by Topps and portrayed Tom Brady with the Expos. Did you know Tom was actually drafted in 1995 of the MLB Draft in the 18th round? Fortunately instead of turning to a Baseball career, he chose to go to University of Michigan to play for the Wolverines. The rest, as we know it, was history.

Questions come to mind if Tom stuck to Baseball. Would have he been great in the MLB? Would the Expos stay in Montreal?

https://x.com/Topps/status/1803579026591629511

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Game-Used Bowl Jersey, Tebow Uppercut Edition

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Submitted for the approval of the Mantel society is this game-used jersey of Alex Carrington from the 2010 Senior Bowl. Carrington was a defensive lineman from Arkansas State who used his Senior Bowl invite as an opportunity to get attention from scouts prior to the NFL draft. His efforts paid off, as his performance nudged him up to the 72nd overall pick that year. He went on to play six seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Bills.

I love game-used memorabilia that tells a story or captures an interesting moment. For this reason, I knew I had to snag this jersey when I found a photo of Carrington uppercutting Tim Tebow during the game - an image that became one of Sports Illustrated’s photos of the week. In an age when NFL prospects skip high-tier bowl games to avoid injuries, it feels like ancient history to see one of the greatest college football players ever take snaps in a showcase bowl game. Tebow was battling strep throat that week - I highly doubt this haymaker aided in his recovery.

Even without documentation, it’s safe to assume that this jersey is authentic and game-worn, considering that Under Armor likely didn’t make multiple jerseys for one bowl game and nobody’s bootlegging an Alex Carrington jersey. Even so, I found a game photo that clearly demonstrates the red mark on the front #6 and the loose thread that hangs below the Under Armor logo. Conclusive evidence is always nice.

Mantel Trivia Challenge #10. Guess the Year? The year is 1958

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This amazing news service photo was taken in 1958. The back of the photo reads
"Chicago: Giants centerfielder Willie Mays snags a long fly on wall hit by Cubs Bobby Thomson in 6th inning of 1st game of the Cubs-Giants double header here 9/7. Right-fielder Willie Kirkland watches Mays while gloved fan reaches down for try at catch. Cubs won 1st game 6-4, and beat Giants in 2nd game 4-1."

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