How To Spot A Counterfeit 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311

Lets face it, the Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311 is one of the most counterfeited and reprinted cards in the hobby.  Being Mantle’s first Topps baseball card has made it the focus for scammers for years.  I have found probably the most comprehensive guide on how to spot a counterfeit ’52 Mantle right here and is a must for any collector looking to purchase one of these famed cards.  I have never seen a more detailed guide than this one and should be an excellent resource.  Be sure to check it out. 



10 Responses

  1. I’m looking at a 52 Mantle on ebay that’s not graded and is variation B. The card looks authentic except for the missing pixel at the upper left front of the card. There does seem to be a missing pixel but it’s much closer to Mantle’s hat than the card you show that’s truly authentic. Is there any way the pixel could be farther to the right on an authentic 52 Mantle?

  2. […] (or “4’33””), 1952′s second-most significant cultural creation (after Topps #311), is a clever piece of anti-music that features three movements – each of which asks the […]

  3. Are there any “variation A” 1952 Topps Mantles where the lower left box is more than square (i.e. not missing a pixel) and runs slightly over like the lines at the top left of the box?

  4. Is it possible to counterfeit a 1952 Topps Mantle using the same pixel patterns as on the authentic. For example using solid white ink in the signature box with a solid black signature. How about the black box with the Yankees logo. Can a counterfeit have the yellow portion printed with pixels, the white, Yankees Name, top hat in Solid ink? Well except for the bottom of the top hat. The blue section has pixels. I need someone to respond that really knows how these were printed. I would like to know what to look for. I have see some really good fakes.

    • I have two Mickey Mantle cards the 1952 Topps 311 and the 1953 Topps 82. I picked them up for under 10 dollars at a thrift store were i have found 14k gold for 1 dollar and didn’t think to much about them because the 52 looked off centered or cut weird. Well after after spending hours on research from your site and others, it looks like mine is varation B. the missing pixel lines up perfect the stars being not perfect and other things you put on here, the flash light test etc
      I can’t find any imperfections from comparing your B to mine. It is driving me crazy.

  5. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely right.
    This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  6. Still a sweet link. Thanks.

  7. Is it possible to have a real Mantle rookie with a type 2 front and type 2 back on the same card and not be a fake?

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