2017 Great American Trading Card Auction Ending April 1
Graded MINT 9 by PSA. Hall of Famer. Among a total of more than 5,600 copies recorded in PSA's census reporting, just four examples have been placed at a higher tier. A genuinely Mint 1956 Topps card, like the offered example picturing Mickey Mantle, is a thrill to view. Its luscious quality of presentation affords no distraction from the manufacturer's intended ideal, and the card's dual poses of the Cooperstown-enshrined slugger project splendidly. Here, Mantle's likenesses are creditably well centered within four snow-white borders, and their radiance is exceptional. Also noteworthy is a full, uninterrupted measure of original gloss on the cardfront – an especially valued attribute for the relatively coarse card stock employed by Topps during the '50's. The card's reverse is perfectly printed and defect-free. Very slight rough cuts at the edges enhance the item's overall appearance, and contribute to its splendid, apparently never-touched visual character. In every respect, this is a stunning commemoration of Mantle's memorable, Triple Crown-winning season. Gorgeous Mint condition.
1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle, Gray Back – PSA MINT 9
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