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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8. It seems impossible that it has already been over twenty years since the world lost Mickey Mantle, who succumbed to terminal liver disease at Baylor University Medical Center on August 13, 1995, just a few miles from the world headquarters of Heritage Auctions. The passing of any immortal is always a shock, but the man had been so emblematic of his era, so firmly tethered to an America as seen through the eyes of the Baby Boomer generation, that his death seemed like the signal of an end of far more than a human life. The curtain had been pulled back on the perpetually boyish Oklahoman who claimed DiMaggio's center field grass for his own, but we had fallen much too hard for Mantle's diamond heroics and southern boy charm. Mickey wasn't perfect, and that only made him more human--one of us.

    In the simplest terms, Mickey Mantle was a man of his age. Symbolic of the American optimism that gave the world Elvis Presley and brightly colored automobiles. The ownership at Topps Chewing Gum felt it--the name itself was an expression of that infectious confidence. It was Sy Berger--widely considered "the father of the modern baseball card"--set about constructing something both unprecedented and unequivocal for the spring of '52. In both the number of entries and the dimensions of each individual card, his creation was larger than any single-year issue to date, an audaciously bold debut. Mantle's #311 representation launched the "high-number series" of the 1952 Topps issue, a portion of the set that fell victim to unrealistic deadlines and thus failed to meet its expected distribution quotas. Only small quantities made it to counter displays at the local five and dime in the USA, the balance made their way north of the border or were ultimately towed several miles off the New Jersey shore and dumped at sea.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. We are confident in our characterization of the offered example as an impressive NM-MT, a representation as colorful and timeless as the subject. Condition is remarkably fine, with strong centering, flawless registration and a gloss that supplies a pack-fresh sheen to the aesthetics.


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