1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 PSA NM-MT 8....
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Description1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 PSA NM-MT 8. Both the Topps and Bowman issues of the early 1950's featuring Mickey Mantle offer quality in strong supply, each image of the young phenom finding him gripping the tool of his immortality, in a left-handed stance for Topps, and switched to the right for the offered brand. The pair's long service as the poster children for post-war trading card collecting has made each as familiar as an old friend, their imagery indelibly stamped upon the public consciousness. This Bowman format sets the emerging legend against an idyllic, cloud-dappled background, evoking memories of the T3 Turkey Red issue that likewise holds favor as one of the hobby's true masterpieces of the pre-war era.
There has always been a friendly sibling rivalry between the Bowman and Topps issues, and nowhere is that dynamic more apparent than in the persona of the man whose entry serves as the key card for each. In the end, the argument is rendered moot by the impossibility of a decisive truth, in much the same way that preference for blondes or brunettes will put some in the Marilyn Monroe camp, and others in Sofia Loren's. Besides, we all know red heads rule. We can all be certain in agreement of their elite beauty.
Graded PSA NM-MT 8. This specimen is as clean and well-registered as they come, with only the slightest hints of edge and corner wear denying elevation. Nearly 2,500 examples of this essential rookie card appear in the PSA population, with just ten climbing higher. A PSA Mint 9 example Heritage auctioned in April 2018 has seen "Make Offer to Owner" figures as high as $1.575 million, all turned down by the winning bidder. Will this elite beauty likewise double in value? Nobody could possibly be surprised at this point if it does. There will never be enough to go around.
Guide Value or Estimate: $400,000 - up.
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