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Autographed 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $22,325

Extraordinary autographed 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle. To sign or not to sign, that is the question. Especially when it comes to a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311, which is the most desirable and expensive postwar card in the hobby. Actually, the decision was not nearly that hard for our consignor, an old-time collector who saved this card from his collecting days as a youngster in 1952, and who had Mantle personally sign this card for him in the mid 1970s. The card was only valued at around fifty dollars at the time. While that was still expensive for the era, it was not enough to give him pause, as it would shortly thereafter, when the value of all cards, and this one in particular, skyrocketed to record heights. That fear of devaluing this card by having it autographed is what accounts, at least in part, for the extreme rarity of signed examples today. This is just the second signed 1952 Topps Mantle card we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen more than just few others over the years. The offered example is exceptional in terms of its visual appeal, with Mantle's blue-ink signature having been graded a perfect "GEM MINT 10" by PSA/DNA. This is the first signed example of this card that we have ever seen where the signature has been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA/DNA and, given the scarcity of signed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards, it may very well be unique in that regard. Mantle's signature is so boldly scripted that it offers perfect contrast, even against the multicolor background. Thankfully, the date of its signing preceded the Sharpie craze that began the 1980s, as the ballpoint pen signature helps maintain the vintage integrity of the piece. The card itself is very strong. It is bright and clean, both front and back, with no creases, centered slightly to the right, and with just a hint of wear to the square corners. This is a magnificent and extremely attractive card in strong Very Good to Excellent condition. The exceptional quality of the card and the flawless quality of the signature combine to make this possibly the single finest autographed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle in existence. We have never seen an example that compares. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $22,325

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