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51 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8

51 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8

<p>Few players capture the attention of high-end hobbyists as Mickey Mantledoes, and this 1951 Bowman Rookie card deserves its spot in thepantheon of elite offerings. Encapsulated by PSA with a NM-MT 8 grade,that is only part of the story as four sharp corners, clean surface, anda magnificent illustration-from-photo of The Mick make this one of themost sparkling examples to come to market. This is further evidenced thethe POP report listing 53 at this grade and just 10 higher inexistence. Only the most minute tilt to the centering is evident and allof the other elements point to a card which could easily have otherwiseearned a higher grade. Additionally, the '51 Bowman set is widelyconsidered the best of its run with an extensive 324-cards which alsoincludes the coveted Willie Mays Rookie (a high grade version ofwhich is available elsewhere in this auction). Whether trying to fill avacant slot in a collection, looking for an upgrade, or just celebratingthe greatness of the Yankees slugger himself, a future opportunity toacquire a card of this caliber is likely to be few and far between.</p><p>Estimate: $350,000-$400,000</p>

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