Lot # 3: 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA EX-MT 6

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2017",
which ran from 4/4/2017 5:00 PM to
4/30/2017 12:00 PM

Graded EX-MT 6 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. The corners are strong and square, each with only a touch of wear visible under magnification (predominately the upper right). Beautifully centered approximately 60/40 left to right and top to bottom. The faintest hint of a diagonal surface wrinkle (of no consequence, visible only under magnification in bright light and held at the right angle, mentioned only for the sake of extreme accuracy as this could never be seen in a scan or catalog image and may not even be able to be seen in person) can barely be detected in the lower left corner; this has no impact on the card's appearance (it is virtually undetectable) and has no impact on the grade (though may have played a role in keeping this card from grading EX-MT+ 6.5 or NM 7). 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 a February 2017 sale of $660,000 reported for a PSA NM-MT 8 and a 2016 sale of $131,450 for an SGC NM 84 example as well as REA's Spring 2016 sale of a PSA EX-MT 6 for $108,000. This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle presents a particularly significant collecting and investing opportunity as it is such a strong and attractive example in a particularly desirable grade! This is a spectacularly bright, fresh, and clean example of Mickey Mantle's most celebrated card. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000+.

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