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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/3/2023
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 card’s release in 1952, however, Mantle’s future was uncertain. But 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. This offered example has been graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, its strongest attributes being its bright colors and sharp corners. The skyward portrait of the young slugger is centered on the front 45/55 top to bottom and 65/35 left to right. The back (landscape) appears almost perfectly centered left to right, and top to bottom. The borders remain quite clean and there are only a couple of tiny blemishes on the surface. One is to the right of Mantle's Yankees cap and the other is to the left of the Yankees logo. Highly coveted EX-MT grade example of a classic piece of Americana.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle – PSA EX-MT 6
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Minimum Bid: $50,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $188,310
Number Bids:13
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