"Fill in any figure you want for that boy. Whatever the figure, it's a deal."
-Branch Rickey, referring to a young Mickey Mantle
It was said that Branch Rickey was known to pinch pennies so hard that the image of “ol’ Abe Lincoln ends up gettin’ bruised.” But Rickey himself admitted he would have ignored his own frugal ways had he been given the opportunity to sign Mickey Mantle at the beginning of the Yankee slugger’s career.
Mantle was mythic, legendary, and often bigger than life. But, the shadow cast by the performance of his 1952 Topps high-number rookie card is beginning to overshadow what “The Commerce Comet” did on the baseball diamond.
As card values escalate at never-before-seen rates, the Mantle rookie card remains one of the smartest sports card investments on the market.
The Time To Invest In The Topps Mantle Rookie Card Is Now.
Legendary writer, humorist, and philosopher Mark Twain once wrote, “Buy land, they’re not making any more of it.” The same sentiment extends to the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card. The biggest difference between land and the Mantle rookie is that Topps inaugural offering of “The Mick” will most likely appreciate at a much faster and much higher rate than any piece of land available for purchase today.
While Topps Mantle rookies grading at NM-MT, MINT and GEM MINT garner massive premiums, pricing and growth opportunities for 1952 Mantles slabbed at EX-MT and NM are more easily attainable, from a price standpoint, but still provide substantial growth potential over both the short- and long-term. That fact makes this particular Mantle rookie a card not be overlooked.
The Rookie Card By Which All Others Are Still Measured
When Topps released their inaugural set of baseball cards in 1952, little did they know that the high numbered card of a fresh-faced kid from America’s heartland would become the most iconic card the company would ever produce.
The Mantle rookie card offered here defies time and delivers high marks at every turn. The reasons for the grade of PSA 6 EX-MT are minor and do little to detract from the card’s brilliance.
Overall colors are vibrant, bright and retain their original depth, with no signs of scrapes, or significant handling. The card’s borders are no longer arctic white, but still create a pure white frame to Mantle’s central image. Card corners are mildly touched but still square and true to original cut and form. On the reverse, the two-color block of text was printed ever-so-slightly toward the top of the card, but far from the degree that would justify a grade of off-center.
For a card graded EX-MT 6, you would have a difficult time finding an example with greater eye appeal than this. Look closely. This Mantle is ideal as a cornerstone card for an advanced collection or as a key holding in an investment portfolio.