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When describing the overuse of the term "iconic" in auction descriptions, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle is typically the first example given.  "Iconic" is used so often to describe cards that it no longer effectively describes this one, easily the most popular and significant postwar baseball card, and one that is so often the face of our entire hobby.  While virtually every collector can recognize a 1952 Mantle with a single glance, it is the near-instant recognition among people outside the hobby that makes this card so important.  It is a card that virtually anyone with even a passing knowledge of baseball would be pleased to own, the single card that stops non-hobby collectors in their tracks when it is positioned in the middle of our display case of 19th Century rarities at card shows.  It is an object of desire among hobbyists, casual investors, and collectors of Americana alike.  Despite the lack of scarcity, it is an example of a card where supply will never, ever outpace demand.

This particular example is an interesting one.  Well-centered with strong color, a faint but visible vertical crease and some very mild discoloration at the lower borders lead one to comment "that's an awfully nice 1."  Flipping the card over and examining the reverse yields the cause of the grade; a combination of paper loss and paper remnants from long-ago scrapbook removal have created condition flaws that only a PR grade can describe.  The superfluous "MK" qualifier is the result of a youngster marking the top reverse of the card with Mantle's uniform number 7 in pencil.  An excellent and affordable '52 Mantle, with most of the condition issues restricted to the back.

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA PR 1 (MK)1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA PR 1 (MK)
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA PR 1 (MK)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,200
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
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