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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT 6. If we had a dime for every "Baby Boomer" we've met who's claimed to have owned a Topps Mantle rookie as a child, we'd be able to afford this one with plenty of dough to spare. The most important, valuable and recognizable gum card of the post-war era has ingrained itself in our American iconography in such a way that most of us could sketch the card from memory, the Mick posed in a right-handed batting stance, his eyes drifting up to the grandstand behind him. But in spite of all those who owned one, or only dreamed that they did, the examples which have indeed survived in such magical condition as the presented copy are, in fact, impossibly scarce.

    At 407 cards in scope, the 1952 Topps set was the largest of its day, both in number of cards and the dimensions of each one respectively. Ultimately, though, these excesses turned against Topps Company management, who realized late in the 1952 season that the "High Number" cards (#'s 311-407) would never reach their channels of distribution in time for the close of the baseball season. Limited quantities were trucked to stores in the northeastern United States and in Canada, but the final solution for a warehouse filled with unsellable cards is said to have been a boat trip several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, and ignominious burial at sea.

    Fortuitously spared from death by drowning, this marvelous specimen has barely aged a day since that World Championship season in which it was produced, and we suspect that a tiny westward shift in centering would see the PSA grade climb by at least a point, and quite possibly two. This specimen features some of the richest color we've seen for any grade, and the gloss hasn't dimmed a bit over the passage of nearly seven decades. A particularly impressive example for the grade.


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 27
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