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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA VG-EX 4. "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 young 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 several million dollars.

    A watery grave would be the fate for most of the high-number series from which the fabled Mantle rookie derives, a victim of slow production and distribution that left this last edition of the set unable to reach most points of sale prior to the end of the baseball season. 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 rookie heavily tipped toward the latter.

    Graded PSA VG-EX 4. This is a solid mid-grade specimen, a level that becomes more appealing every time a top-tier representation smashes another pricing record. On proud displays for years, the colors have been affected. Our image is an accurate reflection of the actual card.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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