Superb 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie card, graded "Authentic" by SGC (submitted by REA). This card shares many characteristics with that of a pack-fresh gem, but it exhibits very slight evidence of trimming, which prohibits it from achieving a numerical grade. Despite this (which is only visible with a trained eye), the card represents an outstanding and relatively affordable example of one of card collecting's most famous and desirable classics. It is crisp and clean, both front and back, with perfect registration, flawless bold colors, no distracting print lines, strong corners, and excellent centering. The back is clean with no gum or wax stains. In recent years, we have seen an ever-increasing appreciation for the exceptional value offered by cards such as this example. This is still a tremendous card, representing a potentially extraordinary value for the collector who wants a beautiful 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle at a far more affordable level than a graded example with a similar appearance. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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