1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM 7

Sold For: $168,000

Auction Year: 2017 fall

Lot: 3

Item Year: 1952

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded NM 7 by PSA. Extremely attractive, crisp, clean, high-grade example of 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle. One of card collecting's greatest classics, 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 is a magnificent example with brilliant colors and a bold blue background. The corners are strong and sharp, each with only the slightest touch of wear. The centering is superb, with an ever-so-slight characteristic tilt to the image, which is exceptional for this card as it is so often found severely off-center side to side. The reverse is entirely clean and boldly printed with crisp red and black colors. The 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle has long been universally recognized as one of most iconic "blue chips" of all vintage baseball cards, and even just a glance at sales records clearly shows that over the years it has consistently risen in value in all grades. The market for 1952 Topps #311 Mantles in general appears be on an upward swing - especially for extremely high quality examples. Recently, ultra-high-grade examples have soared to new levels, with sales of $660,000 reported for a PSA NM-MT 8 in February 2017 and $227,050 for a PSA NM 7 example in November 2015. This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle presents a particularly significant collecting and investing opportunity as it is such a strong and attractive example that rarely is offered in this grade! One of card collecting's greatest classics, 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 is a spectacularly bright, fresh, clean, world-class example of Mickey Mantle's most celebrated card, in an extremely desirable ultra-high grade. Reserve $50,000. Estimate $100,000+.


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