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    1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC VG 3. "It's the Mona Lisa of sports cards," said entrepreneur and actor Rob Gough after acquiring a 1952 Topps Mint 9 Mickey Mantle card in a January 2021 private sale for an all-time record price for a sports card at 5.2 million dollars. Back in 1952, Mantle moved from right field to occupy the legendary Yankee center field spot of the now-retired Joe DiMaggio. Mickey was the heir apparent in the line of Yankee superstars from Ruth through Gehrig through Joltin' Joe. In 1952, Mantle hit .311 with 23 homers, and finished third in AL MVP voting. Mickey was on his way to a career in which his Yankee teams would win seven World Series, and he would be a 3-time AL MVP, take a Triple Crown, make 20 All-Star teams, and hit 536 homers lifetime, the most ever for a switch-hitter. Then there was the historic Mantle and Maris challenge to Ruth in 1961.

    The 1952 Topps baseball set was a breakthrough moment in collecting, as after dipping its toe into waters of the baseball card war with established rival Bowman in 1951, Topps fired all guns with the largest size cards yet for over-the-counter sales. The colorful cards had facsimile autographs, detailed stats, a bio and team logo. Now add the prized legendary set, the eye appeal of the bright colors surrounding the boyish-looking star, and the late season issue - in a short-print run - and the dumping into the Atlantic Ocean of many Topps '52 high-number cards are all factors that have made this card so treasured - at any grade.

    Graded SGC VG 3. Very bright and vivid graphics as well as the surrounding borders.

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