1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT+ 6.5. Ever...
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Description1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT+ 6.5. Every Baby Boomer dreams of owning a Topps Mantle rookie who as they claim once owned as a child. For those who did, that dream becomes a nightmare with visions of Mantle flapping away in the spoke of their bicycle. Today, it is the most important, valuable and recognizable gum card of the post-war era has ingrained itself in our American iconography in such a way that most of us could sketch the card from memory, the Mick posed in a right-handed batting stance, his eyes drifting up to the grandstand behind him. But in spite of all those who owned one, or only dreamed that they did, the examples that have indeed survived in such wonderfully preserved condition that today are, in fact, unquestionably scarce.
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 unsold cards is said to have been a boat trip several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, and ignominious burial at sea.
Graded PSA EX-MT+ 6.5 and obviously spared from death by drowning, this eye-catching specimen's first impression is a card suspiciously undergraded, with great color and registration and a pair of corners with less than anticipated wear at tips. We find the cause for reduction a present but totally acceptable shift from perfect centering and just enough wear at a pair of corners. Technical assessment aside, this is a card with marvelous presentation value and a strong example of the hobby's hottest product.
Guide Value or Estimate: $200,000 - up.
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