I hadn't ever thought of this before:

Take a 1952 (to 1956) large card, trim it down to fit into a holder for a post-1956 card, use the label for a cracked out large card and voila! Instant Success.

"Right-sized" 1952 Mantle
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#1 in 1959 Topps. Officially known as Assassin according to stanthemanfan 3/31/2014 and god of minor league basketball according to cammb.