Topps wanted to keep going but their extension of the 1952 series, numbers 311 to 407, did not go out on time. Their informations concerning the records of the players being already obsolete, the distribution was limited and the cards that remained unsold in the stock of the publisher will be destroyed in mass a few years later.
The first card of this second part, bearing the number 311, maintains a high excitement in the hobby. It is not the earliest baseball card of Mickey Mantle but it can be considered as his rookie card. His omission in the first part of the Topps series appears retrospectively as a blunder.
Mickey Mantle is that young player who was iconic of the postwar American dream. Owning a high grade 1952-311 card is currently recommended as a strong investment. The date of this edition is not so old and our grandfathers are feverishly searching into the shoeboxes of their youth. The population of PSA graded cards is growing significantly : 1 225 in December 2015, 1 392 in October 2016.
The highest point of the scale is occupied by 3 cards graded Gem Mint 10 and 6 graded Mint 9. The guide price proposed by PSA for MT 9 is currently $ 1.5M.
On February 20, 2016 Heritage sold for $ 500K including premium a Topps 1952-311 graded NM-MT 8 which they had announced as better than most units of same grade for the freshness of its colors.
A card with a similar color quality and a remarkable lack of wear was brought by a visitor on the Heritage booth in a trade fair in August this year. It was immediately appraised by PSA. Graded NM-MT+ 8.5, this card is estimated $ 1M for sale by Heritage in Dallas on November 17, lot 50786.
SOLD for $ 1.13M including premium