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The 1952 Topps baseball card set is without question, one of the greatest and most beloved in the hobby. Amongst the many iconic cards contained within, Mickey Mantle #311 is not only king of the set, but is also one of the most iconic baseball cards of all time. Although Mantle’s true rookie card debuted in the famous 1951 Bowman set, his 1952 Topps card is the most desirable Mantle card ever printed.

The 1952 Topps set helped to set the standard for all sports cards that followed. Iconic imagery, in full color, with statistics on the back. Sportscards of today owe much of their style and presentation to the 1952 Topps baseball set.

Two different versions of the famous Mickey Mantle #311 were printed: Type-1 and Type-2.  Below is a list of characteristics that can help to identify which type a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card is.

Type-1

  • End of ‘e’ in “Mantle” curves upward.
  • No blue pixel missing on the front of the card, to the left of Mantle’s eyebrow.
  • Solid black border around Yankees logo.
  • Solid border around the top of the star-box above name.
  • Non-glossy right arm.
  • Missing pixel on bottom-left border (looks rounded)
  • On the back ‘311’, the baseball stiches point right.

Type-2

  • End of ‘e’ in “Mantle” does not curve upward.
  • Blue pixel missing on front of the card, to the left of Mantle’s eyebrow.
  • Missing black border at the bottom of the Yankees logo.
  • Jagged border around the top of the star-box above name.
  • Glossy right arm.
  • No missing pixel on bottom-left border (looks square).
  • On the back ‘311’, the baseball stiches point left.

We are interested in buying Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle #311’s, any type, in any condition. Please give us a call at 1-800-555-6741 if you are interested in selling.

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