1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie SGC NM/MT 88

Sold For: $78,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 895

Item Year: 1951

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded NM/MT 88 by SGC. Extremely attractive high-grade example of Mickey Mantle's true rookie card. This is a stunning 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 extremely striking example has four razor-sharp corners, vibrant colors, flawless registration, and centering slightly to the top. 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. Recently, ultra high-grade examples have soared to new levels, with May 2016 sales of $167,300 and $157,200 reported for PSA NM-MT 8 cards (no SGC-graded equivalents have transacted recently). This 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle presents a particularly significant collecting and investing opportunity as it is such a strong and attractive example that rarely is offered in this grade! (This very example has not been offered publicly since 2003!) This is a magnificent high-grade example of one of collecting's most famous cards, and would be a worthy cornerstone to either a high-grade 1950s Mantle card collection or any world-class collection of classic baseball cards. Reserve $25,000. Estimate (open).


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