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1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 - Rookie (PSA 3 VG) If you’re strictly a Topps collector the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 is the rookie card. However, Mantle’s rookie year was 1951 and Topps didn’t yet have a full Major League Baseball license. Bowman Gum and Candy Co. did and released the 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 in his true rookie year.

This all important rookie card truly represents the actual start of The Mick’s legendary career… The ‘true’ rookie card, however is extremely undersold in the market as compared to the ’52 Topps example.

It is said that the 52 Topps is harder to find, but a look at population reports reveals the difference in quantities is small. As such, the 1951 Bowman Mantle —the true rookie card—is underpriced. The market for 1952 Topps Mantle cards is at a level where it is out of reach of most collectors, this card will soon be recognized as the logical counterpart and soon become inaccessible for most. Now is the time to buy this card.

1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 - Rookie (PSA 3 VG)
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $7,258.79
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
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