1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - PSA 7 (OC) 
Lot Number 150
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In 1951, Casey Stengel believed that the kid from Commerce was easily going to replace the aging Joe DiMaggio. With the pressure of being the next Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig all rolled into one, Mickey Mantle was only able to become the most popular player of his generation. Not bad for a kid that was sent to the minors in his first season. Presented is the paramount postwar card in the industry, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle. Even casual collectors have an idea of the grandeur and importance of this card. There may never be enough “quality” 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards to match demand. Few individuals are even willing to part with a relic such as this that defines an industry. The presented exemplar sits off-center, 90/10 from left-to-right and grades PSA 7 (oc). Corner and edge wear is moderate, and there are no creases. The blue background contrasts nicely with Mantle’s navy blue Yankees cap and bat, and the color and imagery is outstanding. The reverse of the card is clean and presents quite nicely. This card, among the most recognized and coveted cardboard artifacts in the hobby, is worth much deliberation. 
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