1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 PSA NM-MT 8. Mantle's...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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The Mick takes charge...
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 PSA NM-MT 8. Mantle's debut
season of 1951 was punctuated both by hints of his preternatural
slugging power and by batting slumps that led the Yanks to demote
their top prospect to forty games in the minors. The 1952 season
saw Mantle validate the enormous expectations that had been placed
upon him, leaving no doubt that he was the rightful heir to the
center field grass willed to him by a retiring Joe DiMaggio.
So the Commerce Comet was flying high when this important slab of cardboard was hatched from its wax, engaged in a season that would once again find him front and center in both the Midsummer and Fall Classics. While Mantle earned membership in the first series of the 1953 Topps set, his population here is not as far removed from that of the previous year's troubled final series as one might expect. Only fifteen examples of this 1953 card have achieved a higher ranking than this one from the experts at PSA, compared to thirteen examples of the 1952 rookie that have scored NM-MT+ 8.5 or better.
This one rides to the upper reaches of the chart on the strength of minimal wear, bold colors and strong registration. A fine specimen of the set's key entry.
Guide Value or Estimate: $30,000 - up.
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