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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/25/2012
A 1951 Bowman high-number Mickey Mantle rookie card offered in the accomplished grade of NM 7 from PSA but presenting far closer to NM/MT 8 than the conservative and perhaps outdated original assessment from the Newport Beach grading firm, this is an important sports card that will automatically generate second and third (and probably fourth and fifth and sixth) looks from anyone fortunate enough to examine it in person. Upon first encounter, the admiring enthusiast immediately notices a plethora of pack-fresh delights, including a sharp NM/MT to even NM/MT+ perimeter as well as a seemingly wet image, so powerful and perhaps even mildly excessive are its differently colored layers of ink. Indeed, if the card were not already secured within its PSA holder, it would pose the danger of staining anything with which it came into contact, maybe even leaving a reverse negative of the entire image were it placed face-down on any clean surface for more than a few seconds. Standing in stark contrast to this overwhelming dose of color is its immaculate snow-white frame of nicely spaced borders around the periphery, which show virtually zero traces of the age toning that typically stain even uncirculated examples from the celebrated '51 Bowman set. Importantly, when admired from its intended horizontal perspective, there are none of those pesky vertical roller lines that also plague the issue. Study it all you want, but the only mildly imperfect feature on front appears to be a microscopic shift in the pink layer of the image registration, which produces a hardly noticeable fuzzy effect extending off the left edges of both Mantle's head and elbow. The only other non-NM/MT or better quality evident anywhere else is a relatively minor trace of wax on back, and that's it! A truly high-end example for the grade with incalculable upside potential. Might this finally be the Mickey Mantle rookie card for which you've been waiting your whole life? If so, even if that's just a possibility, we recommend that you forget your price guides and the numerical third-party assessment, trust yourself, and bid according to what you see.
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM
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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $14,402.57
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Friday, May 25, 2012.
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