1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 PSA EX-MT 6. 1952 wa...
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Description1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 PSA EX-MT 6. 1952 was Mickey Mantle's first full year as a regular center fielder. In 1953, he was only 21-years-old, on his way towards super-stardom. In his first full year as the Yankee center fielder in 1952, Mantle hit .311, with 23 homers and 87 RBI. In 1953, he hit .295, with 21 homers and 92 RBI. His peak years,1956-57, were on the horizon. In '56, he won the Triple Crown and the AL MVP with a .353 average, 52 homers and 130 RBI. In '57, he hit .365, hit 34 home runs, and knocked in 94. For 1957, the Yankees wanted to cut his salary due to his home run and RBI totals taking a dip, despite the fact that he was again the AL MVP.
The 1953 Topps second year Mickey Mantle is the most valuable card in the set. Topps was in a war with Bowman for baseball card supremacy, and Topps engaged artist Gerry Dvorak to do oil paintings of the players. Later, Dvorak worked at Paramount Studios where his art work appeared in many Hanna-Barbera animations. In '53, Topps used a complicated print system in which some cards, such as Mantle, Berra, Rizzuto, Spahn, etc. were printed fewer times than others. Mantle's card features Dvorak's skills in the portrait of a very young Mickey. What's not to love about an offer of a Mickey Mantle card from the classic Topps '53 set? Graded PSA EX-MT 6.
Guide Value or Estimate: $12,000 - up.
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