Fifth Anniversary Auction - Closes August 12, 2017
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A stunning piece consigned from the collection of a long-time hobbyist who grew up outside Philadelphia a Phillies fan, but had a soft spot for Mickey Mantle.  He met Mantle at a Pennsylvania shopping mall signing in 1982, bringing with him a host of Mantle cards for the Yankees hero to sign.  Among them was this lovely 1951 Bowman rookie card, upon which Mantle applied his signature with smooth, bold fiber-tip marker.  Our consignor immediately committed the card - which, at the time, was valuable but nothing like what it is today - to protective plastic, where it remained.  At some point he submitted the card to PSA/DNA for authentication, but when he consigned it to us, we felt the card and signature were both strong enough to merit grading - so we submitted it to PSA.  To our delight, the card received a grade of VG-EX 4 (due to centering), while the signature received a perfect 10!

This is an exceptional card.  Recent sales of signed examples of this card have topped $20,000 with lower-graded signatures.  According to PSA's population report, just one signed Mantle rookie has attained a higher grade (a single card graded EX 5), and although pop reports do not exist for signatures, we would imagine that with just 15 signed examples in PSA's report, there cannot be many others graded 10 - if there are any at all.  A clean, reasonably sharp (if not well-centered) card with a pristine, dynamic signature applied perfectly across the surface.  Quite possibly the finest signed 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle in existence.

Signed 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10Signed 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10
Signed 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $4,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $37,200
Number Bids: 35
Auction closed on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
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