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    1956 Topps Mickey Mantle (Gray Back) #135 PSA Mint 9. A spring training blast by Mantle off the bat of the Yankees' switch-hitting center fielder at Al Lang Field was the first ever to reach the bay. It was obvious 1956 was going to be special. Opening Day at Griffith Stadium, with President Eisenhower in attendance, saw the twenty-four year old center fielder belt two mammoth home runs. Three days later, in the home opener in the Bronx, Mantle homered again and drove in four runs. By the end of April, he was hitting .415 with four home runs and fifteen runs batted in in just eleven games. The torrid pace continued through May, the Mick batting .414 in thirty-one games with sixteen homers and thirty-five RBI's. He went four-for-four at Comiskey on May 18th, homering from each side of the plate. Six days later he went five-for-five in Detroit with a home run, and then capped off the month back home in New York with his famous blast off the Yankee Stadium façade, narrowly missing authorship of the first home run to leave the House that Ruth Built.

    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. Perhaps that fervent period adoration is the reason why well under one percent of submitted representations have equaled or surpassed the offered example. This is Mantle at his All-American finest in more ways than one.

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    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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