Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/24/2010
Most would agree that Mickey Mantle’s Topps rookie, as well as the T206 Wagner, defines the cornerstone of card collecting, and is one of the ultimate additions to all major card collections in the world. However this mystique was established, no one will argue that Mantle’s 1952 Topps image will forever be embedded in hobby folklore, and is one of the few post WWII cards that supersedes almost all of the high-end pre-WWII cards. Unfortunately, a considerable number of advanced collectors simply cannot afford the stratospheric price tag of a high grade 1952 Topps Mantle rookie card. While not the hallowed rookie card, the Mick’s 2nd year 1953 Topps card has gained considerable prestige over the years via its incredible stoic lithographic Mantle portrait image as well as being the 1952 rookie card successor. While the 1953 Topps Mantle is also significantly valuable, with both grades equal it pales in comparison to the rookie card, lending itself to be an affordable, highly desirable early Mantle artifact. With that in mind, presented here is a spectacular 1953 Topps 2nd year mantle in a GAI 8.5 holder that certainly merits consideration as one of the most desirable post-WWII cardboard treasures, justified by PSA’s illustrious “Pop” chart indicating only 3 examples at this tier and less than ten graded higher!
No baseball player could possibly equal Mickey Mantle’s post-WWII popularity. Without question, his mystique in unparalleled in the card market, yet considering that his lifetime batting statistics, while impressive, were not overwhelming, you sometimes ponder as to the root of Mantle’s unequivocal fame. Characteristics such as his inconceivable power, long tape measure home runs and overall love for the game have, undoubtedly, elevated his godly stature. He was Goliath, Davey Crockett, John Wayne and Joe DiMaggio all rolled up into one super icon, the ultimate embodiment of a National hero. With that in mind, what card could represent the strength of our hobby than one of Mantle’s first Topps cards, treasured by every young boy who grew up worshiping the “Commerce Comet” dominate the game with his unparalleled power. This outstanding 2nd year Topps specimen portrays a truly flawless lithographic pose of the “Mick”, bursting with vitality and a pristine array of colored hues that place it as “pack fresh” quality. Atypical for this issue, the image is well centered between clean white borders, and the perimeter and corners are so blistering sharp they could essentially draw blood. The reverse side typography and surface are virtually unblemished, the final compliments to a card that appears pristine in every conceivable way. Any early 1950’s Mantle card holds a special place in the hobby, and the sight of this classic 2nd year Topps masterpiece continues to draw the avid enthusiast to jump at the opportunity to add this high grade crowned jewel to their collection. We have not seen many other higher graded specimens that match the breathtaking aesthetics of this Cooperstown worthy offering!
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