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1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - Exceptional "PSA Authentic"
Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
Extremely attractive crisp, clean example of one of card collecting's greatest classics, with a solid Vg-Ex to Excellent appearance, encapsulated as "Authentic" by PSA. Mantle's Topps rookie card is the key to the 1952 Topps set, one of the most famous of all cards, and the single most popular and valuable postwar baseball card. This 1952 Topps #311 Mantle was purchased by our consignor many years ago, long before professional grading existed. Unfortunately, PSA has graded this card simply "Authentic" because they have detected an alteration (on the center of the top border appears to be a tiny surface tear-repair) which is very subtle and impossible to detect without a trained eye under professional-grading laboratory conditions. While it will never be assigned a numerical grade by PSA, this is still an tremendous card, and represents a potentially extraordinary value for the collector who wants a beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle at a far more affordable level than a graded example with a similar (or even lesser) appearance. The card has bright, crisp colors, a bold blue background, a clean front and back, perfect registration, even wear to the corners, no creases, and 60/40 left-to-right centering with a very slight diamond cut. A problem that does not allow a card to receive a numerical grade does not get much more minor than this. If not for the slight alteration (which does not even show up under a black light), this card would probably grade Vg-Ex or slightly better. This card presents a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptionally attractive example of Mickey Mantle's most celebrated card at a small fraction of the cost of a higher-grade example. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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