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    1956 Topps Mickey Mantle (Gray Back) #135 PSA Mint 9. A splash landing off the shore of St. Petersburg, Florida was the first indication that something special was brewing for Mickey Mantle's 1956 season. The spring training blast off the bat of the Yankees' switch-hitting center fielder at Al Lang Field was the first ever to reach the bay, and outfielder Stan Musial for the victimized St. Louis Cardinals marveled to reporters after the contest, "No home run has ever cleared my head by so much as long as I can remember." Perhaps it was the first, sour taste of Fall Classic failure in 1955 after three seasons of October bliss to launch Mantle's Hall of Fame career that stoked the fire of one of the greatest offensive seasons ever registered. Despite the Mick's admitted lack of self-discipline that many historians believe kept him from rewriting the record books in every major slugging statistic, nobody hated to lose more than Mantle, and he had clearly entered the season anxious to reclaim his team's proper position atop the baseball world. Mantle entered Opening Day of 1956 two points shy of the .300 mark for his career, his best single-season batting average a .311 in 1952. His thirty-seven home runs in 1955 led all American Leaguers for the first time in his career, but that figure was ten higher than any previous campaign. By the end of April, he was hitting .415 with four home runs and fifteen runs batted in in just eleven games.


    Graded PSA Mint 9. So while the Mick's 1952 Topps card today holds sway as the most coveted card of the post-war era, the offered 1956 model was unquestionably far more popular at the time of its original sale. Well under one percent of submitted representations have equaled or surpassed the offered example. This is the Mick at his best, in more ways than one.


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