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1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie

Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $4,700.00

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Very attractive mid-grade example of Mickey Mantle's true rookie card. One of card collecting's greatest classics, Mantle's Bowman rookie card is the key to the 1951 Bowman set, and one of the most popular and significant of all postwar baseball cards. This striking example has four sharp corners with a hint of wear (predominately the lower left), vibrant colors, and 65/35 centering top to bottom. Clean front and back, with no distracting print lines as are so commonly found with this card. The back is also particularly clean, with no wax wrapper or gum stains, which are often a problem with 1951 Bowmans. The centering is likely responsible for the card not receiving an EX-MT 6 grade from PSA. This is a very appealing mid- to high-grade example with an overall appearance stronger than its technically accurate grade of Excellent. This is also a particularly desirable grade for a Mantle rookie card. In lesser condition, this card still sells for a respectable sum since Mantle's rookie card is always in great demand; however, the card's value rises exponentially as its grade increases (all the way up to $100,000+ in Mint condition). A conservatively graded Excellent condition example is very difficult to find and arguably represents the best value for this all time classic Mantle card. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,700.00


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