Fifth Anniversary Auction - Closes August 12, 2017
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When considering the most underappreciated postwar cards in the hobby, the 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle has to be near the top of the list.  Completely overshadowed by its Topps cousin, the card boasts a beautiful illustration of the young Yankees outfielder, a timeless pose that is easily among his most attractive.  Yet, due to the notoriety of the 1952 Topps card, the Bowman issue flies largely under the radar.

Presented here is a signed example of Mantle's second-year Bowman card.  One of just eight signed examples to have been assessed by PSA/DNA, the card is more scarce than the 1952 Topps (11 signed) or 1951 Bowman (15 signed) cards, and while the population reports provide quantifiable evidence of scarcity, the infrequency with which signed 1952 Bowman Mantles appear for sale is quite noticeable.  Searching through public auction records for "Signed 1952 Mantle" yields multiple high-dollar sales of the Topps card, but virtually no sales of the Bowman counterpart.

This example is a well-centered, collector-grade one, with strong image quality and centering, despite the clear overall wear.  The signature, which appears to have been applied with some sort of fiber-tip marker, is clear and smooth, though somewhat light (PSA offered a grade of EX-MT 6).  Still, it is easily visible and legible against the image, an exceptional signature on an important, if underrated, card.

Signed 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA/DNASigned 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA/DNA
Signed 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA/DNA
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,690
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
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