Lot # 49: 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle “Gray Back” PSA 9 MINT

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $20,000.00

Bids: 36 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall Rarities Auction 2021",
which ran from 9/25/2021 12:00 PM to
10/9/2021 7:00 PM

(LOT 49)
1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle "Gray Back" PSA 9 MINT

Most hobbyists would agree that the hottest cards in the hobby are high-grade 1950 & '60s Hall of Famers with the iconic Mickey Mantle paving the way! It is no coincidence that the 1950s "high-grade" card market has recently soared to new heights, with each passing sale setting a seemingly endless number of record prices. One of Mantle's most popular cards continues to be his 1956 Topps #135 subject since it was this magical season that Mantle would capture both the Triple Crown and his fourth World Championship in only his sixth Major League season. With that in mind, presented here is one of the most remarkable 1956 Topps Mantle subjects, a virtually pristine PSA Mint 9 marvel that has only been bested by a meager four specimens. It boggles the mind to think that no baseball ever has still managed to hit a baseball as far as the "Commerce Comet" even in lieu of the vast number of steroid-induced players, extreme conditioning technology, faster pitchers, and tighter stitched baseballs. Mantle's 565 ft. blast off the Senators Chuck Stobbs still remains the furthest recorded ball ever hit in any baseball game, and it is no coincidence that "The Mick" also walloped two home runs off the façade of Yankee Stadium!

It is this supernatural "once-in-a-lifetime" power that places Mickey Mantle cardboard collectibles at the top of most post-war hobbyists want lists, and this 1956 Topps "scarce for the grade" masterpiece is the perfect testament to Mantle's legendary stature. Let's start with the super defined contrast of the classic Mantle portrait image accompanied by his great outfield acrobatic catch as he reaches in the grandstand to "rob" a hitter of a sure home run. Centering is nearly "dead on", with only an ever so slight favoritism towards the upper left edges, as the legendary illustration resides between four dazzling white borders. Blistering sharp corner tips highlight the razor-sharp perimeter, and the surfaces are immaculate. The final exclamation point is a flawless verso that reveals vivid print registration and no surface blemishes. High-grade Mickey Mantle cards continue to soar in value, and two other PSA Mint 1956 Topps Mantles have already breached the $90K mark in 2021. That said, neither of those examples could possibly surpass the sheer aesthetic brilliance of this miraculous offering that truly resides as one of Mantle's "cream of the crop" collectibles!

MIN BID $20,000

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