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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8 (OC). 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. There is just something timeless about the way the Mick poses with his trusty lumber, his eyes drifting up to the grandstand of adoring fans. Ultimately, 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 was to take warehouse space filled with unsellable cards, pack them on a boat and dispose of after several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean for ignominious burial at sea.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8 (OC). Fortuitously spared from death by drowning, this specimen is one of the highest graded of the almost 1,650 examples validated by PSA. Searching for the discrepancies responsible for "points lost," one sees only the horizontal centering of the iconic portrait of Mantle. The corners are NM/MT. Color and registration are outstanding for the issue. A remarkable white border surrounds all and serves as primary attention grabber. From any reasonable viewing distance, one is going to take a step back in the allure that is "the Mantle."

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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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    The hammer price for my Mantle card significantly exceeded my admittedly conservative estimations, and I couldn't be more pleased.
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