1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Counterfeit Guide

Analyzing the Authentic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card

Because the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle was double printed, there actually exists two different variations of the card, Type I and Type II. Each type has a few unique identifiers which will be discussed.

Type I

1952 Topps Mantle Type I graphic

Type I Front

1952 Mickey Mantle Back Type I graphic

Type I Back

  1. The lower left corner is a missing a pixel, thus not forming a completing square corner
  2. The team logo has a solid black border around it entirely
  3. The stitches on the baseball are facing to the left
  4. The “h” in Right and “s” in DiMaggio’s are nearly perfectly aligned.

Type II

1952 Topps Mantle Type II graphic

Type II Front

1952 Mickey Mantle Back Type II graphic

Type II Back

  1. There is a missing blue pixel
  2. There is only a partial black border around the Yankee logo
  3. The top border overlaps the two side borders
  4. The border around Mantle’s name is not as smooth an even as the Type I card
  5. The stitches on the baseball are pointed to the right
  6. The “t” in Right and the “s” in DiMaggio’s are nearly perfectly aligned.

One thing is for sure, there is not a shortage of 1952 Topps Mantle counterfeits available. If you ever decide to buy this iconic card, make sure the card has been graded by a reputable grading company and the card is being sold by a reputable dealer.

Mantle Reprints

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