Description1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC 88 NM/MT 8. Argue all you'd like that the 1952 Topps card is Mickey's true rookie - our calendar tells us that the '51 Bowman was actually the first. We'll also take issue with anybody who claims the Topps rookie is a prettier card, as we're of the opinion that Bowman's designs of the early 1950's represent one of the high water marks in cardboard aesthetics. It surely shows on the brightly colored image of the nineteen-year old legend in the making, who stands at batting attention before a cloud-dappled sky on this high-grade rarity.
Educated collectors will understand the difficulty in achieving a NM-MT assessment on any 1951 Bowman, particularly those from the high-number series, which is led off by the Mick. Gum and wax stains plague the issue, and the total graded population of the set is less than half that of the 1952 Topps breed that serves as its primary competition. Graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8. In fact, only six examples have surpassed the offered representation on the SGC population ladder.
Top-tier Mantle cardboard has been enjoying an enduring value surge for the past twenty years, with a distinct spike in the past twenty-four months. Our recent sale for over $525,000 of his 1952 Topps card in the same grade as this Bowman should illustrate the point clearly. Investment-minded collectors take note.
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