Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/24/2010
Presented is one of the premiere cards of the 1957 Topps set, the first set to be issued with the now standard 2 ½” x 3 ½” format. It was also the first Topps set to use photography instead of artwork. The ’57 set is well known for its early evening photography, as many of the cards have backdrops seemingly taken after a hard fought contest.
With HOF rookie cards such as Don Drysdale, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson entwined within the 407 cards, it is still this Mantle card which commands the respect of this vaunted and timeless set.
Mantle was coming off his ultra-successful Triple Crown MVP campaign of 1956 and followed that up with another great MVP performance during the 1957 season. The Mick slugged 34 homers while hitting .365, the highest mark of his career. Add in the 146 “intentional” walks and Mickey was on base over 51% of the time, also the highest mark of his career.
This example brims with enthusiasm. The snow-white borders shade slightly to the left, but otherwise are pristine, while the crisp focus of the photography reveals the power of that Mantle left handed swing. Three of four corners are supremely tight with only a slight touch on the upper left corner announcing to the collecting world that any handling was ever performed.
The reverse is almost dead on the mark and free of any blemishes or marks.
This is an outstanding example of a key Mantle card, and one of the most important cards in the 1957 Topps set.
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