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Lot # 1009 (1009 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle GAI NM-MT+ 8.5

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $15,600

Graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by GAI. Incredibly stunning ultra high-grade example of Mickey Mantle's second Topps card. One of card collecting's greatest classics, Mantle's second Topps card is the key to the 1953 Topps set, and one of the most popular of all postwar baseball cards. This is an exceptionally strong and striking example! Bright and clean, both front and back, with four sharp corners, vibrant colors, and outstanding centering. Purchased by our consignor many years ago already graded by GAI, once one of the major third-party card-grading companies, it is being sold here exactly as consigned to us. While we do not believe this card would receive the same grade of NM-MT+ 8.5 from either PSA or SGC, we do believe this card is consistent in appearance with many other high-grade examples in the marketplace, and we do not see any blatant signs of alteration, which is often a concern with cards graded by companies other than PSA or SGC. All Mantle cards and 1953 Topps cards should look this extraordinary! This is a tremendous high-grade example of one of collecting's most famous cards, and one that would be a significant highlight in any 1953 Topps set, any high-grade 1950s Mantle card collection, or any world-class collection of vintage classic baseball cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $15,600

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