Fall, 2020 Auction - Closes November 28
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Simply stunning example of the true rookie card of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, a card that was initially featured in our Summer, 2019 auction.  

In very few areas of the hobby can one call a five-figure card "underrated," but in the case of the 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle, the description is appropriate.  Despite its status as the "true" rookie card of postwar baseball's most revered and popular player, the 1951 Bowman Mantle has long been overshadowed by the legend of the 1952 Topps card, which many even refer to as his rookie card.

Still, nothing can change facts: the 1951 Bowman #253 Mantle is his rookie card, and it is a beautiful, desirable card, depicting the Yankee outfielder from the waist up, in his batting stance, blue sky and puffy clouds in the distance.  Despite being historically underrated, as prices realized for the 1952 Mantle have escalated into the stratosphere, the 1951 Bowman issue has picked up considerable steam, and is likely the second-most valuable postwar baseball card in the hobby.  Indeed, recent sales of EX examples have now eclipsed the $20,000 mark, and examples graded 6.5 have sold for as high as $42,000 in recent years, eclipsing $30,000 on a routine basis.

Presented here is the most stunning example we have handled, a razor-sharp specimen that has attained the grade of NM-MT 8 (OC) from PSA.  While we seldom use hobby colloquialisms like "blazer," this card is indeed that, with incredibly sharp corners, gleaming white borders and rich, deep color, boasting none of the printing flaws so frequently encountered with this issue.  Indeed, the card's sole perceptible flaw is the left-to-right centering responsible for the qualifier, though the left-to-right centering is rendered far less distracting due to its outstanding top-to-bottom orientation.

While the card was initially graded some time ago, recent hobby events motivated us to send the card to PSA for a thorough review when it was originally consigned to us in 2019.  After the card was evaluated and the grade verified per our request, it was re-encapsulated by PSA in their latest holder as of that summer, when it was sold in our auction. The buyer of the card is a lover of early 1950s baseball cards, as those were the years he collected as a child, and the Mantle was inserted into his set, the final card he needed for completion.  His set, however, was a midgrade one, and he has subsequently elected to sell the card and use the funds to purchase an example more consistent with the other cards in his set.  We are thrilled that he has chosen Love of the Game to sell the card.

Unlike the original offering, where the card was offered with a five-figure reserve, we will be offering the card here with no reserve. Absolutely spectacular, with many attributes far exceeding those of unqualified NM-MT examples, it is our pleasure to offer this card to you once again.

Stunning 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)Stunning 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)
Stunning 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle (HOF RC) - PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $20,400
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
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