The 1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle is often overlooked compared to his Bowman and Topps counterparts.
The 1952 Berk Ross set has 72 cards and is full of stars, primarily from the New York Teams. It’s believed the set didn’t have licensing rights, leading to a limited regional distribution of the cards. And some speculate that a Bowman photographer may have developed Berk Ross because of the strong resemblance to the 1951 Bowman cards.
The Mickey Mantle card, in particular, is a sleeper compared to the Topps and Bowman releases because of scarcity and condition sensitivity.
Only 270 Mantles have been graded by PSA, without any 9s or 10s. There are 22 8s, but 13 of those have qualifiers. Additionally, there are 50 PSA 7s (6 qualifiers), 41 have graded PSA 6, and 47 PSA 5.
While the 1952 Berk Ross Mantle card is scarce, it’s far more affordable than some of his more popular cards from his early playing days. Low-grade PSA 1/2s are under $2000, with 1s closer to $1k. Certainly still a lot of money, but less than the over 5 figure prices PSA 1 copies of Mantle’s 1952 Topps cards are selling for now, and the >$20k a PSA 2 will cost you.
The card carries a weight of 6/10 in the Mickey Mantle Master Set checklist on the PSA registry, equal to the 1952 bowman, but below 19 other cards, notably the 1952 Topps, 1951 Bowman, and 1953 Topps.
If you are in the market for a high-end Mickey Mantle, consider his 1952 Berk Ross card.