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Every so often a renowned baseball card comes along that could virtually “stop traffic” in a mere heartbeat which is exactly the effect this extraordinary 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie Card would have on even the most sophisticated collector! Encapsulated in a PSA 6 holder, one look immediately correlates its overall aesthetics to a pinnacle mid-grade specimen, if not better. Simply stated, this remarkable Mantle keepsake just may reside as the FINEST looking example for the grade, and we have never come across a more superior Ex-Mint copy. What elevates its unfathomable eye appeal is the premier centering and flawless-like aqua-blue background, with the former the closest 50/50 centering you will ever encounter. Just the mere sight of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle arouses a spine tingling sensation unparalleled for any post-WWII cardboard artifact. This hallowed high-number 1952 Topps crown jewel has relentlessly climbed the ladder to become one of the hobby’s pinnacle collectibles for ANY era, with the awe-inspiring “Mantle Holding Bat” image joining the T206 Hans Wagner subject as the two cards that will surely echo for eternity. After Wagner’s timeless gem, Mantle’s Topps rookie defines the cornerstone of card collecting, the ultimate addition to all major “world-class” card collections. This notion is firmly justified by the overwhelming price tags that this Topps rookie card has realized over the past year, with mid-grade specimens now approaching $50K and no end in sight for its seemingly unlimited value! However the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle mystique was established, no one will argue that his introductory Topps image will forever be embedded in hobby folklore. Every hobbyist is aware of the immense legacy associated with this timeless cardboard relic that portrays the youthful and innocent “Mick” on the threshold of his imperious Major League career. While Mantle’s lifetime batting statistics were impressive including his 536 dingers, his supernatural-like power, incomparable tape measure home runs and inspiring courage of playing through on-going pain have sparked the unparalleled magic of this sanctified heirloom beyond any collector’s wildest dreams. Mickey Mantle was Goliath, Davey Crockett, John Wayne and Joe DiMaggio all rolled up into one super icon, the ultimate embodiment of a National hero. By the end of the 1952 baseball season, the Topps landmark issue had already established itself as one of the most treasured baseball card sets in existence, with the seemingly infinite number of Mantle worshipers painstakingly seeking his first and rather scant cardboard appearance on a Topps baseball card. The “Mick” was about to embark on a career that would be directly linked to an unfathomable 12 pennants, 7 World Series victories and a still-standing Fall Classic record of 18 home runs. Even more impressive was that Mantle achieved all of this success playing in pain virtually his entire career, missing a significant number of games due to injury and possibly missing out on breaking a number of records via his worldly power and speed. Simply stated, the “Commerce Comet” redefined the confines of every ballpark, with his mammoth blasts besting even the furthest fences. Synonymous with Mantle’s incredible diamond achievements is the offered specimen’s pinnacle-like eye appeal, starting with the classic bat over shoulder pose portraying an un-improvable robust aqua blue background. You can nearly feel Mickey’s curious nature as he gazes into the future with a youthful innocence that would eventually lead to his immortal Yankee standing. Immaculate resolution, sparkling facial hues, a glistening obverse side surface, clean white borders, a super clean verso and the atypical near-perfect 50/50 side to side centering are all stellar attributes consistent with any pack fresh subject.In closing, the 1952 Topps issue is widely regarded as one of the most significant landmark issues existing in the hobby, and by far, the most coveted and valuable post WWII set in existence. Obviously needing to compete with the Bowman Gum Co., Topps utilized larger sized cards with reverse side player statistics, attempting to “steal the thunder” from their chief competitor. The set’s iconic subject, the high number Mickey Mantle Topps card, holds a hallowed place in the cardboard collecting world, substantiated by the increasing value’s realized by all encapsulated copies including $50K or more for superior mid-grade specimens. That said, we simply cannot fathom another mid-grade 1952 Topps Mantle emanating finer visual appeal than this “jaw-dropping” prize that via its “best of the rest” centering, projects brilliant aesthetics far beyond its ultra-conservative assessment!
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Magnificent 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 6 EX-MT

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Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $133,234.80
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Friday, November 20, 2015.
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