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Topic Title: The quest to EARN a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps by the National. **1952 Topps Mickey Mantle +1933 Goudey Babe Ruth bought**
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 8/13/2012 9:35 AM
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1980scollector
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**The quest to EARN a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps by the next national**

The hobby keeps my mind off the daily grind of residential real estate sales , property management, being a father/husband etc. I really enjoy the art of the deal.

Well, my brother finished 141st in the WSOP Main Event and won $53,800 and he gave me $500.00 to do whatever I wanted with so after some thinking I want to try something.


My plan is to take that $500.00 and "flip" it until I have enough to buy a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. The plan would be to buy the card, in person, at the National. I believe in my ability to make this happen. In this thread I plan to try and let you follow along to make me accountable. We will buyer newer cards, older cards or anything we can "flip" to make a profit. My goal is to attain enough "flips" to buy a Mantle with really good eye appeal.

Of course, there will be times where I buy a card or lot that is less than the total cash I have on hand. I may have two or three transactions going at once. However, I plan to try and keep this simple.

First transaction, I bought this card via eBay for $475.00. This is the Joey Votto Bowman Chrome Gold Rookie / 50.





Got it graded at the National for $20.00



So that puts $495.00 into the card.

The plan was to hold this in hopes of them making a Playoff run but with the second knee surgery we decided to sell it and not take the risk.

Second transaction was the sale of the card.

Sold via Ebay for $1500.00 and has already paid/ shipped.

Votto sold via ebay


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 8/13/2012 9:41 AM
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Off to a great start! Good luck!
 8/13/2012 9:47 AM
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Sounds like a cool thread!

Since in all likelihood I will never be in the market for a '52 Mantle, I am fairly ignorant of what they go for. What is the target dollar amount that you think it will take to obtain one?

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Great Flip Brother!

i love this project.

what grade are you looking for on the Mantle? i saw ONE "good looking" PSA 1 at the show

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 8/13/2012 9:51 AM
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<< Great Flip Brother!

i love this project.

what grade are you looking for on the Mantle? i saw ONE "good looking" PSA 1 at the show
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Well, my actual plan was to try and find the best one I could afford after the year of flipping.

How much is a nice looking PSA 4 cost me Eric?

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 8/13/2012 9:55 AM
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<<

<< Great Flip Brother!

i love this project.

what grade are you looking for on the Mantle? i saw ONE "good looking" PSA 1 at the show
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Well, my actual plan was to try and find the best one I could afford after the year of flipping.

How much is a nice looking PSA 4 cost me Eric?
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i would say somewhere around 12K, although im sure the VCP guys can chime in better then i.
the PSA 1 i mentioned was at 5,500 and the guy would not budge

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 8/13/2012 10:00 AM
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<< Sounds like a cool thread!

Since in all likelihood I will never be in the market for a '52 Mantle, I am fairly ignorant of what they go for. What is the target dollar amount that you think it will take to obtain one?
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My goal is to keep it somewhere betweeen $5,000- $10,000. I do not want to buy one that is just authentic. It sounds like a PSA 1,2 or 3 falls in that category but at this point I am just going to stay focused on raising the funds with flipping then the amount I have is what I will work with at the National.

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 8/13/2012 10:00 AM
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Awesome thread. Will be following along. Very nice start with the Votto. Good luck!
 8/13/2012 10:02 AM
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Looks like if you sold all of you ebay inventory you could get a nice 3 already. Flipping does not seem necessary ??

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 8/13/2012 10:02 AM
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Nothing to say in particular, but love these threads so I'm adding my subscription

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 8/13/2012 10:29 AM
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This will be a very enjoyable project to keep track of. Congrats on the Votto. Is that the same card I saw at lunch?

Good Luck on the Mantle quest!

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 8/13/2012 10:36 AM
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Good luck with the project! I expect any leftover funds to be spent on more unopened '81 FB at the National

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 8/13/2012 10:44 AM
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<< This will be a very enjoyable project to keep track of. Congrats on the Votto. Is that the same card I saw at lunch?

Good Luck on the Mantle quest!
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Yes, it is the only BGS 9.5 and it was hard to part with as a Votto fan but the chase is alot of the fun for me.



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<< Good luck with the project! I expect any leftover funds to be spent on more unopened '81 FB at the National >>



LOL, I was trying to decide to flip my way to '52 Mantle or a 1986-87 Fleer complete box.

The decision came down to being able to buy a Mantle for less, they will be easier to shop around and find the best one available. You and I both know I would end up busting the Fleer box.

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 8/13/2012 11:03 AM
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Sounds like a great goal. Enjoy the chase Nathan!!!

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 8/13/2012 11:06 AM
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Awesome thread! I look forward to seeing the results!

Seriously, though. It's been an hour and half already. What did you buy with the $1,500 from the sale? I'm tired of waiting to see.

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 8/13/2012 11:08 AM
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1980scollector - Awesome! Best of luck on the quest! I'm doing the same thing trying to pay off my wife's student loans! ( I think you'll be having more fun along the way!)

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 8/13/2012 11:46 AM
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300% on the first flip! awesome! great start
 8/13/2012 12:05 PM
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Asked
"Flipping does not seem necessary ??"

Answered
"but the chase is alot of the fun for me."

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 8/13/2012 1:55 PM
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<< My goal is to keep it somewhere between $5,000- $10,000. >>


Best of luck Nathan. I will keep watching this thread. Looks like you will be purchasing a 1952 Topps Mantle card that falls somewhere between a PSA "1" (VCP $4,300.00) and a PSA "4" (VCP $11,600.00). That's a huge range so I think you will have a great number of cards to choose from.

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It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!

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