1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8

Rendered spectacularly by artist Gerry Dvorak, who also served as an animator on “The Flintstones” and other classic cartoons, Mickey Mantle’s 1953 Topps card – and the entire set – have stood the test of time as “palm-sized masterpieces”.

Key Deal Points

The card appeared at #37 on Pre-War Card Collector’s (PWCC) list of the 100 Most Iconic Trading Cards.

Graded a Near Mint-Mint 8, on a scale of 1-10, by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) – the sports collectible’s leading grading company.

Roughly 5,000 examples of the card have been graded by PSA, with 94 graded NM-MT 8, this asset is placed within the top 2.5% of all PSA-graded exemplars.

The record sale for a PSA NM-MT 8, which doubles as the most recent sale, is $117,604 in September of 2022.

CardLadder, a company who uses analytics and sales data to provide estimated valuations on trading cards, projects a PSA NM 7 at $x (as of xx/xx/2022).

The set’s bottom border, a quintessential Topps Red, is subject to chipping – making higher grades tougher to find than on other white-bordered Topps sets.

Valuation Analysis

“While every collector has their own opinion on what constitutes the ‘best’ vintage Topps set, few can argue that 1953 is among the most beautiful in terms of sheer aesthetic value.”

– The Cardboard Connection

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle, nicknamed “The Mick”, was the linchpin of the New York Yankees epic dynasty during the 1950s and early 1960s. He won 7 World Series Championships, 3 Most Valuable Player awards and was selected to 20 All-Star games. His journey from humble origins to centerfielder for the New York Yankees is the stuff of the American Dream.

Mantle was a classic five-tool player who possessed almost supernatural power that led to a bevy of tape measure home runs, including a 560-foot home run that remains the longest in baseball history. Mantle finished his career with 536 home runs, 1,676 runs scored, 1,509 RBI, 1,733 walks and a .298 batting average, and was selected as a first ballot Hall of Famer and member of Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team.