August 2008 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/1/2008
Offered is a borderline NM/MT specimen of Eddie Mathews' 1952 Topps high number RC issue, the final card to the landmark 1952 Topps set. Ranking behind only Andy Pafko (card #1) and Mickey Mantle (card #311) in terms of key-card status, high-grade examples of card #407 have eluded even the most advanced collectors for decades, largely due to centering problems. Statistically speaking, Mathews is far scarcer in top grades than even Mickey Mantle, both of whom hail from the high number series (#s 311-407). PSA, for example, has graded almost 40 Mickey Mantle examples at our above the grade of PSA 7.5 NM+, while only grading 15 Mathews examples in the same category. SGC, on the other hand, has graded a handful of Mantles at or above the NM+ level but has never awarded a single Eddie Mathews with a higher grade than the offered NM+ 7.5. That's right, the offered 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews of 1 of just 4 in its unsurpassed tier at SGC, and arguably one of the finest. Surprisingly well-centered with an insignificant preference for the left border, with NM to NM/MT corners and edges encompassing an utterly breathtaking front surface with a near perfectly registered image sufficiently sharp and bold enough for a GEM MINT grade. Further accenting the iconic central image, the glossy front surface is devoid of any disruptive print, making for an altogether superior NM+ specimen that could easily contend with any of the scarce PSA 8's that occasionally surface for auction. The enthusiast should desire this card not so much because of its "highest graded" status at SGC, but simply because it is one of the most presentable examples in our entire hobby.
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