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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA VG-EX 4. Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is displayed in the Louvre, and not available at any price. Perhaps you're more interested in the baseball version. In January 2021, when entrepreneur and actor Rob Gough paid a price of 5.2 million dollars, a record for a sports card, for a 1952 Topps PSA Mint 9 Mickey Mantle, Gough was ecstatic, saying, "It's the Mona Lisa of sports cards." The Hall of Famer's true rookie card is his 1951 Bowman, but the 1952 Topps version, Mantle's first Topps issue, has attained iconic status. In 1951, Mantle played right field, with Joe DiMaggio in center. By 1952, DiMaggio had retired and Mantle moved to center field. Mantle wore #7, signaling he was the next in a line of Yankee superstars stretching from Ruth (#3), Gehrig (#4), and DiMaggio (#5). Before injuries wore down his legs, Mantle had terrific speed, but he is most noted for his home run power. As Mantle related, "Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure. Every time.' " Mickey was exceptionally successful, hitting 536 round-trippers, the most ever for a switch-hitter. Mantle's competition with Roger Maris in 1961 as they chased Ruth's 60 home run record put Mantle further into idol status.
    The 1952 Topps baseball set was an all-out attack on the industry baseball card leader, Bowman. Topps let off some steam in 1951, but their 1952 series signaled nothing less than war. On this card, Topps bright, blue sky frames an innocent looking, boyish Mickey. Contributing to the card's rarity is that many 1952 Topps Mantle cards were dumped into the Atlantic Ocean, along with thousands of other late series cards that never sold. This is a fine chance to take home your own 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle with strong eye appeal and near-perfect centering. Graded PSA VG-EX 4.


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