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1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA 7 (oc)

Lot Number 78

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Acknowledged as “the greatest prospect ever” by multiple sources including Joe DiMaggio and Branch Rickey, the switch-hitting Mickey Charles Mantle refused to wilt under the intense scrutiny of the “Big Apple.” Despite early growing pains and a return trip to the minors, within years Mantle would be a Triple Crown winner and one of the most feared sluggers in baseball history. With a determined gaze, the youthful Oklahoman is showcased on this matchless 1952 Topps #311 rookie card. Graded NM 7 with an (oc) qualifier by PSA, this breathtaking crease-free depiction is heralded by a crisp perimeter, precise surface registration and bold color detailing. Right justified centering does not adversely impact the captivating image. The reverse, on which Mantle is “heralded as Joe DiMaggio’s successor,” is clean with crisp red-and-white text. Due to the askew centering, a faint portion of another card is visible above Mantle’s biographical information. Despite those imperfections, the prospect of purchasing perhaps the most important post-war baseball card cannot be overstated.

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