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1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8 - From the Rosen Find!....

2012 May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7051

 
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Auction Ended On: May 3, 2012
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8 - From the Rosen Find!. Just over 25 years ago Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen came across the hobby find of the century. Finding a case of 1952 Topps baseball cards would be enough of a startling discovery but in true Rosen style, he found high numbers! Practically untouched and in immaculate condition Rosen was presented with what was described as a tray of cards including dozens of Mickey Mantle cards. This is not just another example of the most important and recognizable gum card of the post-war era. This card is from the Rosen "find" and the quality is remarkable. The image has ingrained itself in our American iconography, with the Mick posed in a right-handed batting stance, his eyes drifting up to the grandstand behind him.
At 407 cards in scope, the 1952 Topps set was the largest of its day, both in number of cards and the dimensions of each one, specifically. Ultimately, though, these excesses turned against Topps Company management, who realized late in the 1952 season that the "High Number" cards (#'s 311-407) would never reach their channels of distribution in time for the close of the baseball season. Limited quantities were trucked to stores in the northeastern United States and in Canada, but the final solution for a warehouse filled with unsellable cards is said to have been a boat trip several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, and ignominious burial at sea.

Graded PSA NM-MT 8. Thankfully spared from death by drowning, this stunning specimen is outshone by just twelve representations among the 1,074 examples validated by PSA at the time of this writing. Searching for the discrepancies responsible for "points lost" from a Gem Mint rating, one sees only the subtlest of diamond cuts and extremely light corner touches (most evident at top-left) and centering that places Mantle's portrait elevated just above the perfection point. From any reasonable viewing distance, one is unlikely to spot any deviation from pure perfection, as color, gloss and registration are rendered with unimpeachable results.

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