1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 SGC 84 NM 7. "He's ...
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Description1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 SGC 84 NM 7. "He's the best prospect I've ever seen," said baseball's legendary general manager and owner Branch Rickey about Mickey Mantle. The Hall of Fame slugger came to baseball with a leg injury from high school football, but when Mickey, playing right field, caught his spikes in an outfield drain in trying to avoid a collision with DiMaggio in the 1951 World Series, he tore ligaments in his knee, and that damage affected the rest of his career. Yet Mantle still blasted 536 home runs, the most ever for a switch-hitter. Mantle's uniform #7 reflected the esteem the Yankees felt for him as his low number was a signal to fans the Mickey was the next in a line of Yankee idols from Ruth (#3), to Gehrig (#4), to DiMaggio (#5). Mantle helped the Yankees to seven World Series titles, and he won the Triple Crown and three AL MVPs. The whole country was enthralled while following the 1961 home run race as both Mantle and Roger Maris chased the Babe. For a time in the 1950s, New York City had three Hall of Fame center fielders playing in their prime, and Mantle, Mays, and Snider were extolled in Terry Cashman's song "Talkin' Baseball" (Willie, Mickey and the Duke). "I never saw a player with better promise," said Yankee manager Casey Stengel. Mantle struggled with injuries his whole career, and as for his immense promise? He still managed to fulfill most of it.
Graded SGC 84 NM 7. An extremely attractive example with great eye appeal. You may never encounter another example with a stronger portrait quality.
Guide Value or Estimate: $15,000 - up.
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