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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8. Fresh To The Hobby! The passing of any immortal is always a shock, but when one is so emblematic of his era, so firmly tethered to an America as seen through the eyes of the Baby Boomer generation, death may signal the end of physical life but not the end of the memories stored away in the millions of hearts and minds of Americans young and seasoned. To be sure, the curtain had been pulled back on the perpetually boyish Oklahoman who claimed DiMaggio's center field grass for his own, we fell much too hard for Mantle's diamond heroics and southern boy charm.

    In the simplest terms, Mickey Mantle was a man of his age. Just as Babe Ruth had personified the decadence of the Roaring Twenties, Mantle was emblematic of the American optimism that gave the world Elvis Presley and brightly colored automobiles with tail fins fit for a blue whale. We had won the war, rescued western civilization from genocidal totalitarianism, and we felt as if there was no stopping us. America was going big.

    Rarely is any venture so intrepid immune to a stumble or two, and this brings us to the offered lot. The upper-pantheon significance of the man himself is only half the story, the other half inhabiting a much lower altitude, the briny deep. Mantle's #311 representation launched the "high-number series" of the 1952 Topps issue, a portion of the set that fell victim to unrealistic deadlines and thus failed to meet its expected distribution quotas. Only small quantities made it to counter displays at the local five and dime, the balance ultimately towed several miles off the New Jersey shore and dumped to clear space on the warehouse floor for newer models. It is a tale told more often than those asking exactly why Honus Wagner did not want his face on a tobacco card.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. This card was opened from a pack back in 1952 and has been stored away until 2018. Condition is remarkably strong and that includes centering, flawless registration and a gloss that supplies a pack-fresh sheen to the aesthetics. There is every reason to believe that this card will present a serious threat to the supremacy of the T206 Wagner as the hobby's standard bearer.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $400,000 - up.

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    November
    15th Thursday 10:00 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    November
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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    This lot is in: 1 - Sports Collectibles Session
    (Lots 80001-81716) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, November 15, 2018.
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    Heritage Auctions - Dallas
    3500 Maple Ave
    17th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Current Bid:
    $320,000
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