Heartland March 2020 Auction
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“I always wondered how a man who knew he was going to die could stand here and say he was the luckiest man in the world. Now I think I know how Lou Gehrig felt.” -Mickey Mantle, speaking on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium, June 8, 1969

For years, the 1953 Topps card number 82, Mickey Mantle’s second year Topps issue, has played ugly step-sister to the much heralded, highly-desired 1952 Topps Mantle rookie card . . . and has done so undeservingly so. The ’53 Mantle’s unique, extreme close-up illustration, use of light to create highlights, and uncommon over-the-shoulder shot give the card visual interest and impact rarely found in issues of the time. Combine Mantle’s visual representation with the reversed color panel on the card’s lower left border, which shows every chip, nick and scuff, making high-grade examples an absolute rarity, and you’ve got a card primed for high value returns.

A card poised for explosive growth.

For the investor or advanced collector, the market is perfect for the ’53 Mantle at this moment. With stock market fluctuations resulting from the Corona virus, and plummeting oil prices due to tensions between Russia and Saudi Arabia, savvy investors will be looking to alternative investments for possible growth. The ’53 Mantle is the perfect card for such an opportunity. Unlike the Topps ’52 Mantle rookie, which has blazed to extremely high prices, there’s still enough room for substantial growth on Mantle’s second year card to allow for speculation of strong returns, without leveraging ultra-high dollars. That being said, a ’53 Mantle at a NM-MT+ 8.5 should bring around $85,000 - $100,000 in today’s market. As other investments lag or needed extended time for recovery, the ’53 Mantle could be the right card in the right place for a solid surge in price.

1953: The year the world witnessed Mickey Mantle’s potential.

In 1952, Mantle was given much of the credit for the Yankees win in the World Series by Dodger rival Jackie Robinson. His star was on the rise. The world was waiting to see what “The Mick” could do, and he showed them. On April 17, 1953, Mantle cracked his most legendary home run off of the Senators Chuck Stobbs at old Griffith Stadium. The Senators’ home park was decidedly pitcher-friendly. The left-field foul pole was 405 feet down the line. Behind that wall was a grandstand that extended 65 feet until it reached a massive sign advertising National Bohemian Beer, which prominently featured the one-eyed, mustachioed face of “Mr. Boh,” who was the mascot for the brew. Batting right-handed, Mantle drove Stobbs’ second pitch high and long and incredibly fast. The sphere easily cleared the left-center fence and blew past the 55-foot-high Mr. Boh sign, clipping off his mustache and continuing its flight over the rooftops of houses across neighboring Fifth Street. Estimates of the length were between 540 and 565 feet. In a single swing, Mantle transformed from up and coming prospect to a power-hitting legend and the rightful heir to the Yankee throne. So whether you’re an advanced collector looking for a substantial early Mantle or an investor seeking solid returns, this NM-MT+ ’53 Mantle deserves an early bid so that when extended bidding begins, you’ll be prepared to strike.

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