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Most would agree that Mickey Mantle’s Topps rookie, as well as the T206 Wagner, defines the cornerstone of card collecting, and is one of the ultimate additions to all major card collections in the world. However this mystique was established, no one will argue that Mantle’s 1952 Topps image will forever be embedded in hobby folklore, and is one of the few post WWII cards that supercedes almost all of the high-end pre-WWII cards. Unfortunately, a considerable number of advanced collectors simply cannot afford the stratospheric price tag of a high grade 1952 Topps Mantle rookie card that is currently achieving staggering price tags. While not the hallowed rookie card, the Mick’s second year 1953 Topps card has gained considerable prestige over the years via its incredible, stoic lithographic Mantle portrait image as well as being the 1952 rookie card successor. While the 1953 Topps Mantle is also significantly valuable, it pales in comparison to the rookie card, lending itself to be an affordable, highly desirable early Mantle artifact. With that in mind, presented here is a spectacular 1953 Topps second year Mantle in a PSA 7 holder that will make a fine addition to any esteemed Mantle or 1953 Topps PSA Registry gathering. No baseball player could possibly equal Mantle’s post-WWII popularity, with his unparalleled mystique dominating the post-war card market. This outstanding second year Topps specimen portrays a truly flawless lithographic pose of the “Mick”, bursting with vitality and a pristine array of colored hues that resemble most “pack fresh” specimens. The image is relatively well centered, with a modest favoritism towards the left edge between snow-white borders. Early Mantle cards are white-hot right now. As the 1952 Topps continues to set records, collectors and investors alike are gobbling up other early 1950’s examples of the great Yankees legend. Up for auction is a 1953 Topps graded a PSA 7. The clarity of the card is astonishing with the classic portrait of the slugger clear as day. This card has been graded 3,887 times, with only 125 graded higher than this beautiful example.
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1953 Topps Mickey Mantle SP No. 82 PSA 7

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