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1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA EX 5
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
Graded EX 5 by PSA. Magnificent high-grade example of Mickey Mantle's true rookie card. One of card collecting's greatest classics, Mantle's Bowman rookie card is the key to the 1951 Bowman set, and one of the most popular and significant of all postwar baseball cards. This striking example has four strong corners with just the slightest hint of wear, vibrant colors, and centered to the top right. Extremely clean with no distracting print lines as are so commonly found with this card. The back is also clean, with very minor wax stains (which is often a problem with 1951 Bowmans). This is a very appealing example in a particularly desirable grade for a Mantle rookie card. In lesser condition, this card always sells for a respectable sum since Mantle's rookie card is always in great demand in any condition; however, the card's value rises rapidly as its grade increases (all the way up to $100,000+ in Mint condition). A strong Excellent condition example is very difficult to find and arguably represents a particularly desirable and outstanding value for this all-time classic Mantle card. SOLD FOR $5,400
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