PSA has awarded the 8.5 (NM/MT+) grade to only three examples of the first Topps Mantle card since it began offering half grades several years ago. There are six unqualified 9s and three 10s in existence, making the 8.5 that will be offered at auction one of the best PSA graded ’52 Mantle cards ever to come on the market.
The card’s centering isn’t perfect but Heritage experts believe it could sell for over $1 million including the buyer’s premium.
Heritage sold a PSA 8 for $525,800 last December. A PSA 9 Mantle hasn’t sold publicly in nearly ten years.
The Wagner card, last sold for $675,000 via Lelands in 2014, carries a pre-sale estimate of $800,000. It has rounded corners and some mild paper loss along with a light crease across the center.
The auction is scheduled to take place November 17-19.