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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT+ 6.5. "Switch-hitting Mickey is heralded as Joe DiMaggio's successor," begins the text on the back of the most coveted post-war trading card in the hobby, prophetic words from a copywriter at the young Topps company, best known at the time for Bazooka bubble gum and the Hopalong Cassidy cowboy trading cards first issued in 1950. It was Sy Berger, a twenty-eight year old veteran of the Second World War, who envisioned a Topps set dedicated to Major League Baseball, designing the format with his friend Woody Gelman on the kitchen table of his Brooklyn apartment. Berger would later famously hire a garbage boat to dump leftover boxes from the 1952 set into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey to free up warehouse space, a bounty that would today be worth tens of millions of dollars. This calculated destruction, paired with the standard Eisenhower-era themes of bicycle spokes and spring-cleaning mothers, has left the balance between supply and demand for the Mick's '52 Topps appearance heavily tipped toward the latter.

    Graded PSA EX-MT+ 6.5. Once an all-important '52 Topps Mantle card has found a new home it is usually a permanent move, a trend which is fortuitously bucked here. Bright colors and crisp registration provide the aesthetics of a strong representation made the more impressive via fresh gloss and very, very, close to perfect centering. We invite bidders to have a close look for themselves at the high-resolution images on our website to support the claim.


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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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