Graded NM-MT 8 (OC) by PSA. Exceptionally strong 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 crisp and clean, both front and back, with four sharp corners, and strong color. Centered to the top right (20/80 T/B and 85/15 L/R), resulting in the PSA off-center qualifier. 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, the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle is without question significantly rarer than its 1951 Bowman counterpart, suggesting that this card represents a particularly outstanding value among early Mantle cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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