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1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - MINT Appearance - Altered

  • Sold For: $8,812
  • Year: 1952
  • Auction: 2008 spring
  • Lot #: 652
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle, graded "Authentic" by SGC. This 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle has the appearance of a pack-fresh gem. It is, however, an altered card that could easily be mistaken for a MINT card. It is an authentic 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle which has had very sophisticated professional restoration. SGC has graded this card simply "Authentic" because under a black light they have detected that this card has undergone a very sophisticated process in which a foreign substance has been painstakingly and most professionally applied to the border areas of the card. Under a black light, the restoration is immediately apparent and glows. In normal light, only a trained eye can tell that the card has had any restoration. This card will never be assigned a numerical grade by SGC or any other major grading company. It will always be identified as restored by the most sophisticated, trained eyes. This is still a tremendous card, however, and represents a potentially extraordinary value for the collector who wants a beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle at a far more affordable level than a graded example with a similar appearance. In fact, it is our understanding that this was precisely the intent of this restoration, and that it was not done with the intention of attempting to maliciously fool anyone. The card is crisp and clean, both front and back, with perfect centering, perfect registration, flawless bold colors, four strong, sharp corners, and perfect, bold printing on the reverse. In recent years we have seen an ever increasing appreciation for the exceptional value offered by cards such as this example. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a stunning authentic 1952 Topps Mantle with a MINT appearance at an extremely modest fraction of the SMR MINT 9 list price of $225,000. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,812.50

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