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    Autographed at Yankees spring training game in 1968!

    1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 Signed, SGC Authentic.

    NOTE: This lot was recently featured in a Forbes Magazine article.

    "Mickey is the Yankee rookie of whom so much is expected in 1951," begins the text on the verso of the Yankee legend's '51 Bowman card. How's that for understatement? Though the Mick offered only a glimpse of his future greatness that turbulent first year, his subsequent seventeen left no doubt that the money spent on sending scouts out to Joplin in 1950 was a sound investment. And the same could certainly be said of money spent to acquire this exceedingly rare autographed example of Mantle's true rookie, only the fourth such example we have ever offered.

    Like the autographed 1952 Topps Mantle card likewise on offer within this Platinum Night event, this important rookie met its subject during the Mick's final spring training in 1968. Our consignor was a young physical education teacher in Bradenton, Florida when the Yankees visited nearby Sarasota, the Grapefruit League home of the Chicago White Sox. His included letter of provenance recounts his excitement in meeting his childhood hero and claiming a pair of autographs on his rookie cards.

    Today the ballpoint ink, reading, "Best Wishes, Mickey Mantle," survives at a strength of 8/10. While the card exhibits an expected degree of wear, the image area is one of the best-registered we've ever seen, providing eye-appeal much greater than the card's technical grade. Certainly the extreme rarity of the piece makes such condition concerns seem downright silly anyhow. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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