Card Conspiracy and the #311

The Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311 is a classic card in the sports memorabilia industry.  The other day that card got me thinking.  Did you ever notice many other notable cards that have the number 311 slapped on the back?  Here is a short list of just a few:

Ben Roethlisberger 2004 Topps RC #311

Michael Vick 2001 Topps RC #311

David Carr 2002 Topps RC #311

Carson Palmer 2003 Topps RC #311

Sparky Lyle 1969 Topps RC #311

Isaac Bruce 1994 Playoff RC #311

Jamal Lewis 2000 Quantum Leaf RC #311

Evan Longoria 2008 Upper Deck Timeline RC #311

Collectors have lost interest in players such as Vick and Carr because they haven’t turned out the way they thought they would, but at the time of production those would have been key cards to obtain.  It almost seems like card manufacturers make card #311 in their sets of popular players.  Could this be due to the popularity of the ’52 Mantle?  No other card #311 reaches the value of the Mantle, but perhaps card companies are trying to instill the memory of the ’52 Mantle into newer sets. 

FYI – did you know that if you add the numbers 3 + 1 + 1 you get 5, which is the total number of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame back in 1936.  Also, card number 311 in the 1951 Bowman set features another “Mickey”, but not Mantle.  Instead it features Mickey Harris.  Could there be a card conspiracy with the #311?

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311, or is it?

Mickey Mantle was one of the best baseball players of all time.  If he saw this card I think he would be rolling over in his grave.  This is a great example of what a counterfeit 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card looks like.  The coloring is way off, the card stock looks to be a different width, a “$30,000.00” card is just sitting in a plain top loader, and its not even certified.  People will go to all lengths to try and take people’s money.  If a collector wants a real and original Mantle from this set they should just buy one that is graded and/or certified.  Yes, it probably will cost a little more money, but at least you will be getting a real card and not some fake that was made using a copy machine.  Collectors need to do their research!!! 


Here is what a real 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card should look like: