Lot # 456: 1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $7,500.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring Rarities 2022",
which ran from 4/29/2022 4:00 PM to
5/21/2022 7:00 PM

(LOT 456)
1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM

Mickey Mantle's rookie-era 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps cardboard subjects are truly the cornerstone of the post-WWII card hobby. One of "The Mick's" earliest cardboard issues currently neglected from being placed alongside these two "giants" is his 1952 Berk Ross subject that actually utilizes the exact same image reflected on his 1951 Bowman rookie. The 1952 Berk Ross Mantle card arguably deserves equal merit along with his 1952 Topps issue since it was issued in the same calendar year, and just happens to be much scarcer than its '52 Topps brethren. Substantiating that notion is the illustrious PSA 'Pop" Chart indicating that the 1,823 encapsulated 1952 Topps Mantle's exceed the significantly lower 1952 Berk Ross Mantle 337 count by a staggering 441% (at the time this was written)! Like virtually all 1950's/60's cardboard issues, the Mickey Mantle Berk Ross subject stands as the most prominent and valuable player from the 72-player "Hit Parade of Champions" Berk Ross series. While it remains to be seen whether the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle soars in desirability and value, its growth potential is virtually unlimited, and presented here just happens to be a spectacular PSA 7 NM 1952 Mickey Mantle Berk Ross example. The 'Mick's" supernatural-like power leading to his long tape measure home runs certainly spearhead his unparalleled mystique.

He was Goliath, Davy Crockett, John Wayne and Joe DiMaggio all rolled up into one super icon, the ultimate embodiment of a National hero. This PSA near-mint masterpiece depicts a stupendous 1951 Bowman Mantle image in his #6 jersey with this original photograph taken from Mantle's rookie season. All the qualities of this legendary picture are aesthetically brilliant including vibrant facial hues and superior contrast, with the corners revealing right-angled formations consistent with the assessment. The iconic image exhibits near-perfect "top-to-bottom" centering and a modest favoritism towards the right edge. The final superlative is a clean verso reflecting the bold black print HIT PARADE OF CHAMPIONS caption as well as some Mantle's vital statistics. To reiterate, the 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps Mantle rookie cards have already achieved elite card status with high grade examples outdistancing a vast number of collectors' budgets, prompting the notion that this extremely undervalued 1952 Berk Ross PSA 7 just might be one of "The "Mick's" finest cardboard purchases for future prosperity!

MIN BID $7,500

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