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    1957 Topps Mickey Mantle #95 SGC 96 Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher! At 407 cards in scope, the 1957 Topps set equaled the largest production by Topps since their 1952 effort but quantity meant nothing in 1957. Without any fanfare, this edition would set the standard for the modern era by utilizing a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" card size and introduced photographic portraits, a first for Topps. Ultimately, these nuances meant little as the summer of '57 was about fun, playing baseball, eating hot dogs, watching TV (if you were lucky) and eating mom's apple pie. This card appeared fresh off Mantle's "Favorite Summer" of 1956 in which he won the Triple Crown. The baseball world thought another Yankees championship was merely a matter of time. In October of 1957 though, the world changed. The juggernaut Yankees bowed to the Milwaukee Braves in the October classic and Russia would launch a 23-inch baseball shaped satellite called "Sputnik 1." The real world had come to middle America. Maybe it is that last vestige of a past we still yearn for which is why one can't help but become fascinated with this card. It represents so much more than just a portrait of a revered baseball player. This commanding knee-high portrait of our baseball hero comes from an age when the game was simple and pure to us.

    Graded SGC 96 Mint 9, this card is one of only three that have earned the coveted 96 Mint 9 assessment. The total population currently stands at 581 making this card one of the top .005% finest known and nothing short of opening a sealed wax pack could one possibly find a better example. The chances equaling an alignment of the stars, you winning the lottery and lighting struck twice next to where you stand. The card is practically untouched and is in immaculate condition.


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    1957 Topps Baseball - #1 on the SGC Set Registry!


    A historic issue in its status as the first Topps issue to utilize photography, the 1957 set has long been a favorite among collectors with a concentration in the bubble gum era.  Few members of that breed could honestly boast ownership of representations at the elite level that we find in the lots that follow, however.  Collectively these lots generate a Grade Point Average of a staggering 91.3, a score just shy of a NM/MT+ average.  This offering sets itself apart with over 130 cards graded 96 Mint 9, including baseball legends Ted Williams (card #1), Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax. Almost fifty from this class of ninety-six hold the ultimate "Pop One of One" status, assigning the winning bidder the ultimate bragging right. 



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