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    1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 PSA NM 7. There has always been a friendly sibling rivalry between the Bowman and Topps issues of the early 1950's, and nowhere is that dynamic more apparent than in the persona of the man whose entry serves as the key card for each. Those who favor the 1952 Topps #311 card typically argue that the concurrence of debuts for both the man and the brand that would assert dominance for many years to come over their respective fields of endeavor supplies that model with the upper hand. The Bowman defenders are likely to insist that the 1952 Topps lacks the true rookie bona fides that the 1951 vintage provides, no small distinction. 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. We can only be certain in agreement of their elite beauty.

    Here we encounter the elder brother in a gorgeous state of preservation, defying nearly seven decades of aging to present at a glorious PSA NM 7 level. The common faults of the issue--wax and gum staining, poor registration--are absent here, with a slight westerly shift in centering the only apparent obstacle to a higher climb on the population ladder. A stalwart hobby mainstay essential in any serious bubble gum card collection.


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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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