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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 84 NM 7. It's the hottest card in the hobby right now, soaring to new heights with every auction cycle, and there's every reason to believe that the trend will continue for some time. Many trading card experts have gone so far as to suggest that the 1952 Topps Mantle has supplanted the T206 Wagner as the hobby's most celebrated representative, and while relative populations indicate that the Mick will never quite match pricing for the Old Dutchman, there is some logic to the contention.

    So when one takes a larger view of history, the rising tide of the debut card of Topps' first high-number series seems almost preordained. Certainly the examples residing on the upper rungs of the population ladder are seeing the most significant pricing growth, and the presented example clearly deserves its lofty rating. Graded SGC 84 NM 7. Centering is about as perfect as one could hope. The portrait boasts a precise registration and extraordinary colors, a combination we dare say could not be improved upon. Only the slightest hint of wear at corner tips to suggest six decades of life.

    The 1952 Topps Mantle, while buoyed by its "short print" status, signals a tectonic shift in the hobby itself, a new paradigm in both the trading card collecting hobby and in the sport's pantheon. The offered example has been tucked away and is being offered to the hobby for the first time. Don't stop looking in those attics and basements.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
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