Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Mickey Mantle's 1951 Bowman rookie is one of the most iconic baseball cards of the postwar hobby, arguably second only to the Mick's 1952 Topps #311 card. Owning one of these is a mark of distinction for any collection, regardless of the card's physical condition. The top example has sold for $600,000, more than triple many hobbyists' home mortgages. At Small Traditions, we've previously sold four different examples of this card in "collectors' grade" (i.e., cards graded below VG-EX 4). In the chart below, we've listed our final gavel prices for each of these collectibles sold over the last five years, as well as their current Vintage Card Prices averages:
As you can see, our lucky winning bidders have gained a total of $6,834.68 of value on their cardboard purchases in just a few short years! We've said it many times before, but it bears repeating: there is no safer investment in the hobby than vintage material and there is no vintage player more in demand than Yankee great Mickey Mantle. With these facts in mind, we are offering here a SGC 40 VG example of Mantle's 1951 Bowman #253 rookie card. Four rounded but intact corners frame a colorful and well-registered image of the fresh-faced slugger on this specimen. The exceptionally crisp front is virtually free of any toning or yellowing, and the reverse is clean save for an unobtrusive vintage wax stain. Simply stated, this is a rock solid collectors' grade Mantle.
Based on market trends and data—such as that in the chart above—we are confident in saying that the winner of this lot will be financially rewarded from his or her purchase in a couple years. More importantly, the buyer will have joined the Mickey Mantle rookie club. Congratulations on bringing your collection to the next level.
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle High Number RC Rookie Card SGC 40 VG 3
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