Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by PSA. Pick up your jaw and place a flurry of bids for the offered 1952 Topps Baseball #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card! This modern masterpiece stands alone as the standard bearer of the post-war collecting hobby. A transcendent piece in the industry, this high number of the New York Yankees icon is a linchpin for those pursuing the 1952 Topps Baseball edition. While the boyhood hero to millions is typically discovered with a myriad of condition flaws, this “Commerce Comet” has escaped such handling.
Undergraded? Shimmering player/uniform color details “pop” from the perfectly contrasted cardboard foundation. Despite moderately errant factory centering, the crease-free surface is framed by evenly touched corners, very minor wear to the creamy white edges and a pair of incidental impressions concealed by Mantle’s facial region. The “laces face left” reverse which details Mantle’s potential is problem-free and accentuated by bold text. A simply beautiful rendition that is befitting of prominent placement in any serious collection. Ranks in the upper 28% of all similar Mantles judged by the authenticator.