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    1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC VG/EX+ 4.5. It is hard to believe that it has been a full half-century now since Mickey Mantle retired from baseball and 25-years since he passed away on August 13, 1995. On the field, Mantle was a beloved legend who belted mammoth home runs who actually accomplished the seemingly unsurmountable task of replacing Joe DiMaggio and challenging one of Babe Ruth's revered records. Three MVPs, 20 all-Star Games, and an amazing seven World Championships! How could the New York faithful not love him and that all-american smile. But Mantle had a rough start. It was almost to the point that baseball might have lost it's future legend as Mantle considered giving up on baseball. Off the field, he was human. With all the hopes and frailties that are associated with the species.

    In the hobby, cards depicting his name and likeness are to this day passionately pursued. Only his hyped up 1952 Topps card is known to more than is this card, his rookie card debut from the 1951 Bowman series. Any condition would suffice. Offered is a very nice mid-grade example that stands out from the crowd.

    Graded SGC VG/EX+ 4.5. Physical faults are present but all have failed to reduce visual appeal. This includes wax staining and roller lines. Inks have remained fresh with deep hues and pleasing gloss. His now iconic portrait is impressive and is close to being precisely centered. A very solid card and a great addition to your collection.

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    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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