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    The finest signed Mantle rookie we've ever handled!

    Signed 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie #253 PSA VG-EX 4 Auto 10. "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, and the finest we've ever encountered.

    It's been over three years since Heritage set a new record for this rarity, when an example bearing a 9/10 autograph rating from the experts at PSA/DNA garnered a winning bid of $66,000. This one outperforms that elite specimen, earning the highest possible assessment for its unimprovable blue sharpie signature.

    The card itself is no slouch either at VG-EX 4, a grade that earned an unsigned example a sale price of $34,800 in our February 2021 Platinum Night auction. While that grade is equitably assessed for typical corner wear and a northern shift in centering, the image area itself is as pretty as most of its brethren at the upper edges of the grading spectrum, with bold color and sharp registration. Twenty-six years after the Mick's passing, he remains one of the ultimate kings of cardboard, and this spectacular specimen will most assuredly inspire a fierce bidding war for ownership on closing night.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 58
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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