1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle - SGC NM 84

Sold For: $2,233

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 623

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Graded NM 84 by SGC. Exceptionally strong high-grade example of this early 1950s issue of Mickey Mantle, which is so very similar in appearance to Mantle's rookie card, the 1951 Bowman #253, and dates from the following year. Mantle is the key card in the 1952 Berk Ross set. This example is bright and clean, both front and back, with four square corners, color is very slightly off-register as printed (visible on cap, minor and very common with this issue), and centered slightly to the top left approximately 35/65 (centering problems are very common with 1952 Berk Ross). This is a very sharp-looking high-quality example of one of the earliest and most overlooked of all 1950s Mickey Mantle cards. In addition to dating from his rookie era and having a very similar appearance to his 1951 Bowman card, there is no question that the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle is significantly rarer than its 1951 Bowman counterpart, suggesting that this card represents a particularly outstanding value among early Mantle cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,233

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