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When Mickey Mantle made his debut with the Yankees, writer Leonard Schecter said of him, “He has a face as open as the part of America that he came from.” So there he was, a kid of nineteen, already heralded as the second coming of Babe Ruth, or at the very least the legitimate successor to Joe DiMaggio. “When he hits the ball, it even sounds different,” they said about him. “He’s got it in his body to be great,” added grizzled manager Casey Stengel, who had been around long enough to qualify as an expert. Such expectations are hard to measure up to, but Mantle did, and then some. At the time of this cards release in 1952 however, Mantle’s future was uncertain. He started slow with the Yankees, even finding himself farmed to Kansas City for fine tuning at one point a year earlier. However, by the mid-1950’s, when the tape-measure homers boomed off his bat and the RBI and runs scored accumulated, Mantle’s destiny took shape.

Today, Mantle’s 1952 Topps issue is royalty in the field of card collecting. It is the most recognized and coveted post-war issued baseball card, and next to the T206 Honus Wagner, stands as the icon of the hobby. The offered example has the immediate eye appeal of EX or better, yet is graded VG 3 by the experts at SGC. The skyward portrait of the young slugger is nicely centered and maintains outstanding color. Clean borders, crease free surfaces, and minimally worn corners combine for a wonderful overall appearance. Although the front begs for a much higher grade, a small spot of paper loss on the reverse has caused the technical assessment to fall short of its superb primary qualities.

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Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $20,713
Number Bids:14
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