1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC Mint 96 This card is a favorite of a favorite, as rookie cards are the favorite of most collectors, and Mickey Mantle is the favorite of many collectors. Mantle's rookie is a fantastic piece, because in addition to its scarcity (unlike the Mick's first Topps card in 1952, the 1951 was not a double print), the card has a great image of the Mick's youthful gaze cast forward, perhaps envisioning the storied career that was his destiny. When the slumber of this card was ended and it was removed from its wax pack, the utmost care was obviously used, preserving a Mint example that has been certified as flawless. The corners and edges are untainted razors, the centering and registration are perfect, and the bold colors are as inspiring as Mickey's postseason glory. One of only two representations to achieve the coveted Mint 96 designation, with none grading higher.

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