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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 82 EX/MT+ 6.5. 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 money 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 that have indeed survived in such magical condition as the presented copy are, in fact, unquestionably 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, specifically. 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 unsold cards is said to have been a boat trip several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, and ignominious burial at sea.

    Graded SGC 82 EX/MT+ 6.5. This is one of the prettier examples of the survivors to cross our desks, boasting rich, saturated colors vibrate under a layer of gloss that has yet to lose it's luster and shine. Surfaces remain entirely free of the wax and gum staining. It's a terrific representation of the card enjoying the most thunderous bull market in the hobby.


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    July, 2018
    19th-20th Thursday-Friday
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