1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5+ NM-MT
Unfortunately for the seemingly countless number of Mickey Mantle worshipers, the 1953 Topps Mantle would be the final Topps Mantle card issued until 1956. The power struggle between Bowman and Topps during the early to mid-50s, with respect to Mantle's presence, would favor the Bowman Gum Company for 1954 and 1955. Indeed, Mantle's hallowed illustration would not appear on a Topps card until 1956, with this superstar's iconic image still available via the likewise popular Bowman card sets. One of his fans favorite baseball cards continues to be the 1954 Bowman Mantle subject, and we at Memory Lane are ultra-proud to present a remarkable PSA 8.5 gem that has only been joined by 6 other specimens at this stratospheric plateau with a mere eleven examples graded higher!
This card represents one of "The Mick's" finest 1950's cards you will ever come across. It is surely no secret that the floodgates have opened with respect to surging pricing points for high-grade Mantle baseball cards. How long these rising values continue to escalate no one truly knows, but this magnificent offering certainly represents a grand opportunity to capture one of Mickey's highly coveted cardboard jewels before its ultimate worth reaches a virtually unattainable level. The classic "half-body" image reveals the finest possible rich hues and near-perfect resolution, with "The Mick's" iconic pose exhibiting decent centering between four clean white borders.
Sharp/square corners, an ultra-clean gleaming obverse side surface and near-immaculate verso are the final exclamation points for this extremely "scarce for the grade" masterpiece that anxiously awaits a new home in a world-class Mantle or 1954 Bowman compilation! Historically speaking, a PSA 9 has sold for over $200K and we will now defer to you to ultimately decide what this PSA 8.5 gem is truly worth!!!
MIN BID $3,750