1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie

Sold For: $15,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1147

Item Year: 1951

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA (submitted by REA). Presented is a very attractive 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 vibrant colors and flawless registration. Centered slightly to the top, with light wear on the corners, a very faint spot of glue residue by the lower part of Mantle’s back, and no distracting print lines which are so commonly found with this card. The back is also particularly clean, with just two wax stains, which are often a problem with 1951 Bowmans. This is a very appealing midgrade example with an overall appearance stronger than its technically accurate assigned grade. This is also a particularly desirable grade for a Mantle rookie card. In all grades, this card sells for a very respectable sum since Mantle's rookie card is always in great demand; however, the card's value rises exponentially as its grade increases. An extremely attractive example is very difficult to find and arguably represents the best value for this all-time classic Mantle card.
Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++.

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