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    1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135 PSA Gem Mint 10 - Pop Four. In 1956, Mickey Mantle was the biggest star in the game. Perhaps it was the first, sour taste of Fall Classic failure in 1955 after three seasons of October bliss to launch Mantle's Hall of Fame career that stoked the fire of one of the greatest offensive seasons ever registered. Despite the Mick's admitted lack of self-discipline that many historians believe kept him from rewriting the record books in every major slugging statistic, nobody hated to lose more than Mantle, and he had clearly entered the season anxious to reclaim his team's proper position atop the baseball world.

    Through the month of May, the Mick was batting .414 in thirty-one games with sixteen homers and thirty-five RBI's. He went four-for-four at Comiskey on May 18th, homering from each side of the plate. Six days later he went five-for-five in Detroit with a home run, and then capped off the month back home in New York with his famous blast off the Yankee Stadium façade, narrowly missing authorship of the first home run to leave the House that Ruth Built. Bill Dickey predicted he would break every record except Lou Gehrig's streak. Mel Ott told reporters Mantle could hit seventy-five home runs and shatter Hack Wilson's RBI record. The daily papers maintained a chart showing how far ahead the young Oklahoman was staying of Babe Ruth's home run pace of 1927.

    Graded PSA Gem Mint 10! So while the Mick's 1952 Topps rookie today holds sway as the most coveted card of the post-war era, the offered 1956 model was unquestionably far more popular at the time of its original sale. Perhaps that fervent period adoration is the reason why only four of over 5,400 submissions to PSA have earned the service's highest rating, only one more than Gem Mint examples of his '52 rookie despite submissions outnumbering its older sibling by a factor of four.

    But if most 1956 Mantle cards were traded and fondled into disrepair in schoolyards across the nation, the offered example was clearly the wallflower exception. Not a corner is touched, nor an edge scuffed, nor a surface scratched. Even those factors separate from wear are unimprovable, as color, registration and centering are all beyond reproach. Perfect 10's are offered only when graders can find no honest alternative, and such is the case here. The finest card from Mickey Mantle's finest season.

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