Buzz did something today that he hadn’t done often in years of collecting — out of curiosity, he searched “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” on eBay.
Surprisingly (though maybe not given auction prices these days) there were nearly 20 graded copies of the iconic card to be had. On the high-end was a PSA 8 OC copy of the card with a hefty price tag and a PSA 7 copy as well. Not bad price-wise, there.
Buzz flipped over to completed auctions out of curiosity and found nearly 30 more completed sales for slabbed copies of the card before finding the gem you see above.
It was sold with a PSA slip that said “questionable authenticity” — perhaps simply because there wasn’t enough left to reasonably examine. Or perhaps the damage inflicted on this one all those years ago was too good to be true.
Either way, it (supposedly) sold — after racking up 44 bids.
Let’s assume that it is real for the sake of this discussion point. If this card was your only way of owning a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, would you take it?
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He’s selling it again?
He’s selling the same one again?
I would guess this is not a real copy, but a forged card that someone destroyed to make it appear possibly more legit. Regardless of the pen markings, I wouldn’t even consider spending $1 on that card.