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Lot # 669 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $5,581

Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. One of just ten examples graded at this level, with none graded higher by PSA. Exceptionally strong high-grade example of this early 1950s issue of Mickey Mantle, which is so very similar in appearance to Mantle's rookie card, the 1951 Bowman #253, and dates from the following year. Mantle is the key card in the 1952 Berk Ross set. This example is bright and clean, both front and back, with four square corners, a flawless surface, and centering slightly to the top left approximately 40/60 (very well centered for this card; significant centering problems are very common with 1952 Berk Ross). Interesting condition note: The very slight irregular quality to the cut along the top border is natural to 1952 Berk Ross. This is as it should be, and while not apparent on cards with edge wear, is usually easily seen on extremely high grade examples. This is a very sharp looking, extremely high quality example of one of the earliest and most overlooked of all 1950s Mickey Mantle cards. In addition to dating from his rookie era and having a very similar appearance to his 1951 Bowman card, there is no question that the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle is significantly rarer than his 1951 Bowman card, suggesting that this card represents a particularly outstanding value among early Mantle cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,581

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