Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXVI
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/20/2018
Here’s your chance to secure a copy of the baseball card version of fine art. If the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is the post WWII “Holy Grail”, then the 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie must be considered the “Mona Lisa”. For whatever reason, the Mantle Topps rookie soared to utmost popularity during the height of the card market explosion. Yet, what many people forget is that the “TRUE” Mantle rookie card is his 1951 Bowman issue. With that in mind, presented here is "The Mick’s" 1951 Bowman rookie, freshly graded and housed in a PSA 6 holder. The eye-appeal is uncanny from this pack-fresh looking card with nearly razor sharp corners. This card has been graded 2,006 times with only 247 graded higher than this example. Mickey Mantle’s Bowman rookie card is one of the cornerstone of card collecting, and is listed as the 8th best sports card in the top 250. However Mantle’s mystique was established, no one will argue that his Bowman rookie image, with #6 his uniform number, will forever be embedded in hobby folklore, and is one of the few post WWII cards that surpasses most of the high-end pre-WWII cards. The ‘Mick’s” lifetime batting statistics, while impressive, were not overwhelming. Yet, his unquestionable power, long tape measure home runs and overall love for the game and fans add to the legacy of this card. He was Goliath, Davey Crockett, John Wayne and Joe DiMaggio all rolled up into one super icon, the ultimate embodiment of a National hero. With that in mind, what better card could represent the strength of our hobby than the Mantle’s first issue ever.
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1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC No. 253 PSA 6

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Minimum Bid: $6,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $16,982.40
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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