1952-Mickey Mantle Baseball Card
PSA Grading Standards
Professional Sports Authenticators grade cards on a scale of 0-10. With 10 being the highest possible grade for a card. As you can see from the Mickey Mantle card above the card would be graded on centering, corners, and overall condition making sure that there are no gum stains, wrinkles or any other perfection that would devalue the card.
The Value of a Baseball Card
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card is one of the most treasured cards to any card collector. According to Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA), there are only three 1952 Topps-Mickey Mantle cards that have graded out at a perfect gem mint 10. In 2001, one of these gems sold at a private auction for $275,000.
Also, PSA has stated that there are five 1952 Topps-Mickey Mantle cards graded a PSA-9, which stands for mint condition. These cards are valued anywhere from $90,000 to $180,000. Talk about a nice return on investment.
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card is not even his rookie card. Actually, Mantle's rookie year was in 1951. The Bowman 1951 Mickey Mantle card is his first card ever issued. Just about all Mickey Mantle cards are highly valued and if you ever get a chance add one to your sportscard collection.
Mickey Mantle was one of the all-time Yankee greats and played for the Yankess from 1951-1969. Mickey Mantle played centerfield and first base from the Yankees and had a career batting average of .298 during his 18-year career. Mantle had over 536 career homeruns with over 1500 runs batted in during his career.
Mickey Mantle was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and will go down as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Not bad for a guy from Commerce, Oklahoma playing his entire career in the "Big Apple".
When collecting sports cards you need to make sure the cards are authentic because over the years there are numerous reprints of all the old cards such as Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle and many other old-timers of the game.
Finding a vintage baseball card is very hard, but not impossible. You might get lucky if you frequent flea markets, yard sales or estate sales. Just make sure you can tell the difference between orginal versus a possible fake or reprint.