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f I had to put money on a card that will increase in value and stay under the radar, I’m betting on Mantle’s second year Topps card from ‘53."
- Financial Analyst Speaking On Condition of Anonymity


We recently had a discussion with a financial analyst who covers sports memorabilia, art, and entertainment investments, who had some interesting insights on the 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card in particular. He spoke with us on the condition of anonymity and we think you’ll enjoy what he had to say.

“The 1953 Topps Mantle Might Be The Best Value Play In All Of Sports Collectibles Right Now.”

“Look, the ’52 Topps Mantle high number rookie is the hot ticket right now. Beyond an investment vehicle, it’s a status symbol. If you’re at a certain financial level and you either collect cards or have assembled an investment portfolio featuring sports items, a ’52 Mantle says you’re a player. There’s just one problem, there are only so many high grade Mantle rookies out there, only so many people with the means to keep pushing the price higher, and only so much time before upward price pressure outstrips the opportunity for a substantial ROI.

So where are buyers going to turn? The smart ones will start looking at the ’53 Topps Mantle second year card. It’s a diamond in the rough and one of the best value plays in the market. First of all, it’s Mantle. It’s early in his career. It’s a card with significant eye-appeal. And because of the card’s lower border and its reversed out name panel, condition sensitivity is a real issue. Technically, finding a high grade Mantle second year card is much harder than finding a high grade Mantle rookie, if you’re talking strictly on the basis of condition.”

The 1953 Topps Mantle By The Numbers

When examining POP counts for the ’53 Mantle, a clear and obvious division becomes immediately clear – and that division begins at PSA 8. Of the approximately 3,150 examples of the Topps 1953 Mickey Mantle second year card which have been graded by PSA, only 93 PSA 8’s have crossed the grading table, free of qualifiers. The population jumps to 162 at PSA 7, with every other lower grade checking in at a count of 296 or higher. Going up the ladder, only nine MINT 9’s are known to exist and two GEM MINT 10’s. So of the total population of 1953 Mantle’s in the PSA universe, a mere 3% of the known cards grade at PSA 8 or higher. And with single digit populations at PSA 9 and GEM MINT 10, the only real opportunity for high-end ownership and return is at PSA 8

“Room For Significant ROI”

“There are sellers currently listing the ’53 Mantle online, in a PSA 8, for over $100,000. That’s a significant – and justifiable jump in value over the past 12 months. Again, with pressure on the Mantle Topps rookie, the chance for seismic shifts in the value of high-grade ’53 Mantle cards seem clear. While the $100,000+ range might seem like a push right now, it’s certainly a real possibility for that number to be in the rear view mirror by this time next year. If the market for Mantle cards continues to rally, the ’53 may be the favored card for those collectors and investors unable to compete at the highest financial levels.”
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1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 PSA 8 NM-MT

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Minimum Bid: $12,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $24,159.60
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Friday, June 22, 2018.
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