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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM 7. From the $1,000,000 find of 2018! It seems impossible that it has already been over twenty years since the world lost Mickey Mantle. The perpetually boyish Oklahoman who claimed DiMaggio's center field grass for his own seemed so relatable-so one of us. For many, our connection to Mantle was a small piece of card stock and some ink. Mantle's #311 representation launched the "high-number series" of the 1952 Topps issue, a portion of the set that fell victim to deadlines and slow sales. Only small quantities made it to counter displays, the balance ultimately towed several miles off the New Jersey shore and dumped to clear space on the warehouse floor. The distance between supply and demand is nearly as vast as the Atlantic Ocean that serves as the final resting place for most of the original population of this iconic trading card.

    The consignor of the offered card, and several other high-grade examples that appear in this auction, grew up in Connecticut as a Yankees fan surrounded by Red Sox supporters. While his affection for the Bronx Bombers ran deep, his greater love was the bubble gum (yes, the gum) each wax pack contained, and he rarely handled the cards themselves. For decades, he simply forgot about that childhood collection, leaving it untouched until now.

    Graded PSA NM 7, this former resident of that box is one of the finer examples from almost 1,600 examples that make up the full population. Deeply saturated colors make this a real looker, and a virtual absence of wear leave us having to accept the fact we now know what this card looked like 66 years ago. It's that impressive. This collection is one of the most exciting "finds" of the past few years, and one of the hobby's most iconic and investment-worthy entries.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 22
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