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1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Vintage Baseball Card Restoration

The Player

Mickey Mantle played his entire 18-year Major League career with the New York Yankees (1951-1968). The switch-hitting center fielder was a 20-time All Star, 3-time MVP, and 7-time World Series champion. He hit 536 home runs (12th all time) along with a .298 batting average, .421 on-base percentage, and 1,509 RBIs. Mantle led the league in runs five times and won the Triple Crown in 1956 when he batted .353 with 52 HR and 130 RBI.

Mickey Charles Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. His father named him after Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane. Mantle first played for the Yankees in 1951 and eventually replaced Joe DiMaggio in centerfield. Known at "The Mick" or "The Commerce Comet", Mantle is regarded as one of the best sluggers of all time.

Off the field, Mantle lived a hard lifestyle which took a toll later in his career and life. He played his final season in 1968 before joining the coaching staff briefly. Mantle was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 during his first year of eligibility. He died at age 63 in 1995.

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The Legacy of the Card

While the 1952 Mickey Mantle holds the record price for a sports card at $12,600,000, the 1953 is still a highly sought after card The 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle card captures the Yankees' star outfielder during the early years of his legendary career. While Mantle was not yet the superstar slugger he would soon become, this card holds a special place in collectors' hearts for its sharp colors and close-up view of Mantle following through on a powerful left-handed swing.

The card's rich red borders are prone to chipping and it is difficult to find well-centered copies. Still, the 1953 Topps Mantle is considered one of his best-looking cards ever produced. Among postwar cards, it is rivaled only by Mantle's 1952 Topps rookie issue in popularity. PSA 8 copies fetch over $7,000 at auction, while a PSA 10 example stunned the hobby when it sold for $94,000. With its striking image of a young Mantle poised to enter his prime playing years, the card foreshadowed the greatness to come for the switch-hitting Yankees legend.

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