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    1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 SGC NM+ 7.5. Argue all you'd like that the 1952 Topps card is Mickey's true rookie - our calendar tells us that the '51 Bowman was actually the first. We'll also take issue with anybody who claims the Topps rookie is a prettier card, as we're of the opinion that Bowman's designs of the early 1950's represent one of the high water marks in cardboard aesthetics. It surely shows on the brightly-colored image of the nineteen-year old legend in the making, who stands at batting attention before a cloud-dappled sky on this high-grade rarity.

    Graded SGC NM+ 7.5. Educated collectors will understand the difficulty in achieving a NM+ assessment on a key card in the hobby. Gum and wax stains (absent here) commonly plague the issue, but have failed to affect this seemingly never handled card for over the last 68 years. Corners are all exactly as one would hope for. His central portrait boasts glorious colors and not a single blemish or scratch. Centering is a very small percentage away from perfection. We suspect that the more investment-conscious demographic of our collecting community will be watching this lot with great interest accordingly.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 29
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