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    The Mick's true rookie!

    1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC 84 NM 7.
    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 assessment on any 1951 Bowman, particularly those from the high-number series, which is led off by the Mick. Gum and wax stains (absent here) commonly 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.

    Historically, Bowman cards have followed a parallel path to the market fluctuations of Topps, but with a degree of lag time. Should this trend continue, it would stand to reason that the steep pricing surge of the '52 Topps Mantle has enjoyed has yet to carry elite examples of this Bowman to their ultimate destination. We suspect that the more investment-conscious demographic of our collecting community will be watching this lot with great interest accordingly.


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