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    1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 PSA Gem Mint 10. Of 1177 such specimens to pass through the offices of PSA as of the time of this writing, only a single other '52 Bowman Mantle has achieved the lofty designation of Gem Mint 10, making this card even more rare than the esteemed Topps rookie of the same year. From an aesthetic standpoint it's hard not to favor this one as well, as the artwork of the early 1950's Bowmans rank high among the greatest sports art in card collecting history. Moving on to the unique aspects of this particular card, we find ourselves able to do little more than spout superlatives. Gem Mint 10 is just that--centering, surfaces, edges, corners all simply unimprovable. Pull one hundred 1950's cards direct from the few untampered wax packs that remain today, and you're unlikely to find a single card that has no print errors, centering problems, gum/wax stains. And this doesn't even take into consideration the issues of handling wear. The mere existence of any fifty-year old card in Gem Mint condition is contrary to all statistical probability, and yet here it is. And what a card to do it! A marquee piece for the collector who wishes to set himself apart from the rest.

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    May, 2006
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