Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2010
One of the most popular post World War II sets is the 1957 Topps issue, loaded with Hall of Famers and star rookie cards. By 1957, Topps had gained a stranglehold on the card market, buying out the Bowman Gum Co. after the 1955 season. Like most 1950’s and 1960’s issues, the most desirable and valuable subject is Mickey Charles Mantle, the immortal Hall of Fame centerfielder of the incomparable New York Yankees. Any card of the great HOF Yankee centerfielder, Mickey Mantle, is considered a bona fide collectible in the baseball card circuit. The “Mick’s” HOF credential are substantial, including 536 home runs, 3 MVPs, a 1956 Triple Crown, 12 Pennants, 7 World series victories, and a record for World Series Home Runs (18). One of Mantle’s most popular cards happens to be his 1957 Topps keepsake, and offered here is Mickey’s 1957 Topps gem in a miraculous SGC 92/8.5 holder. Consider that SGC has currently encapsulated over 425 examples with this offering the SOLE copy at this hallowed tier and a paltry 3 specimens graded higher!
The phrase “a sure thing” is seldom used in today’s society. Yet, high grade Mantle cards continue to defy the odds, and have proven time and time again that, from a desirability perspective, they remain as “king of the hill” for all post WWII cards. However the “Commerce Comet” secured a monopoly on this concept is still a mystery. Was it the mystique of his 1952 Topps rookie card, being the great Joe DiMaggio’s successor or how about his long tape measure home runs? Whatever the reason, his cards hold a place next to the great turn of the century players such as Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson and Ruth, and this 1957 museum quality example just happens to be one of Mantle’s best! The card itself is magnificent in all aspects of condition sensitivity. Let’s start with the super defined contrast of the classic Mantle batting image as he possibly clouts another one of his majestic long balls wearing the classic Yankee pinstripes. Atypical with the 1957 Topps issue, the centering is a miraculous “dead-on” 50/50, with blinding snow white borders providing a perfect frame. With most 1957 Topps Mantle cards, the centering is the technical stigma, yet this supreme like offering defies such logic with its perfectly situated image. Furthermore, the phrase “blinding snow white” is an absolute understatement with no possible words fitting enough to define the finest borders we have ever seen on ANY cardboard offering, let alone a 53 year old specimen carrying Mantle’s hallowed picture! The edging is razor sharp, ending at four scintillating pin point corners. Not a single surface blemish is evident, the surface gloss is completely intact, and the reverse side red and blue typography reflects bold and vivid registration. This just happens to be one of the best cards ever produced by any card manufacturer, preserved for over 50 years in its original factory issued condition. A “blazer” in every sense of the word, you have to speculate if the 3 higher graded SGC could surpass or even equal the sheer brilliance of this museum worthy gem. Mantle cards remain “hot”, and high end card enthusiasts are willing to pay staggering premiums for common players with superior like aesthetics. We can’t imagine any other 1957 Topps Mantle besting the supreme eye appeal radiating from this amazing card, justifying why any high grade 1957 Topps collector or Mickey Mantle card enthusiast should take whatever steps are necessary in placing the final bid!
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