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 Front
Type I Back
- The lower left corner is a missing a pixel, thus not forming a completing square corner
- The team logo has a solid black border around it entirely
- The stitches on the baseball are facing to the left
- The “h” in Right and “s” in DiMaggio’s are nearly perfectly aligned.
Type II Front
Type II Back
- There is a missing blue pixel
- There is only a partial black border around the Yankee logo
- The top border overlaps the two side borders
- The border around Mantle’s name is not as smooth an even as the Type I card
- The stitches on the baseball are pointed to the right
- 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.
Detecting Counterfeit Cards in PSA Holders
As the hobby moves into the future, very seldom are high profile cards sold ungraded, but rather are sold entombed in a tamper-proof holder from a third party grader (TPG). The most well known TPGs are PSA, Beckett, and SGC. PSA is the most well known TGP and has a majority of the market share. In the past, one could feel relatively safe when buying a graded card that what they were buying was authentic and not altered. However, when it comes to high dollar cards, that is no longer the case. Counterfeiters have figured out how to compromise the holders by opening them, swapping out the cards or flips and resealing the holders again. The holders that are most commonly targeted are from PSA. In the past years, PSA has made changes to their holders to prevent or minimize the fraud, but the older holders are still at risk. I have written an extensive article to better understand this and steps you can take to prevent being a victim of fraud. Here is a link to the article.
As an example, here are several 1952 Mantle’s that are fresh of the fraudster’s production line
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