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Lot #19: 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA EX-MT 6


     Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Hall of Famer, in his coveted "Rookie Card" appearance. This example of Mickey Mantle's first gum card will eliminate the need to upgrade a top-quality collection for most collectors. A hobbyist will gaze at this scarce piece, sigh with satisfaction, and move on in the attempt to find other high numbers for the set that measure up to this one. Mickey Mantle is still considered by many to be the last true baseball hero. The young outfielder accepted the torch passed by the great DiMaggio, who had similarly followed in the path of Lou Gehrig. The 1951 season was Mantle's first in pinstripes and, despite his being sent back down to the minors for more seasoning, Bowman issued this card in that year's final, key series. Bowman's initial vision of future greatness is wonderfully captured on this mini-artwork, rendered as a horizontal image set against the brightest of skies. Only in the most carefully preserved specimens, as in the offered example, does the design's true magnificence reveal itself. This example has white borders culminating in four well-shaped corners, and it boasts a clean surface. The card delivers tremendous visual appeal with bold colors and a full, uninterrupted image. It has escaped the printing inconsistencies that characterize the issue and which make "clear" examples, like this one, so very special. Solid and aesthetically gratifying Excellent to Mint condition.

Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$20,400
Minimum Bid:$5,000
Number of Bids:19