1952 Topps PSA 9 Mickey Mantle by Matthew Rosen

Made-to-order baseball card art by Matthew Lee Rosen (aka Matthew Rosen).

This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (Mint 9), sold for a record-breaking $2,880,000 at a Heritage Auction in 2018. I view the PSA graded label as a more interesting piece of pop art than the card itself! This print design mimics the label, and it’s unique barcode.

The grading industry grew out of the card boom in the 1980’s. While it is rare to find vintage Topps cards from 50’s, or T206 tobacco cards… the most popular cards from the junk wax era could have millions in circulation. The only way to elevate the value of these cards was to create a perceived rarity. So, they began to grade them. While millions of ’89 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. cards could be out there… how many of them are a perfect Mint 10?

Please view it in my online shop: Prints by Matthew Lee Rosen (aka Matthew Rosen)