Extraordinary 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT - Highest PSA Graded Example!
HIGHEST GRADED MICK!!! The 1954 season would mark the first time the Commerce Comet would eclipse the 100 RBI mark, knocking in 102 runs while leading the Junior Circuit with 129 runs scored. Indeed, the Yankees fleet-footed center fielder was certainly in his way to an unparalleled stardom, with his Goliath-like power producing colossal sized round-trippers that could test the confines of Yellowstone Park! From a collecting perspective, 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, issued during the aforementioned campaign when The Mick was continuing his relentless assault on overmatched A.L. twirlers. That said, presented here is an extraordinary PSA 9 MINT '54 Bowman Mantle that has been joined by only ten other specimens as the finest of its kind! Indeed, not a single PSA 10 specimen exists, with this Cooperstown worthy offering truly representing one of The Mick's finest 1950s cards.
It is surely no secret that the floodgates have opened with respect to surging pricing points for high-grade Mantle baseball cards, and any Mint specimen is surely worthy of a final resting place in the most esteemed gathering. In fact, a PSA 9 example of the legendary 1954 Bowman Mantle issue sold for a staggering $245K in Memory Lane's July 2021 auction, substantiating its hallowed standing among the hobby's most sophisticated collectors. 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 an unattainable level.
The classic half-body image reveals the finest possible rich hues and perfect clarity, with The Mick's iconic pose exhibiting superb centering that barely reveals an ultra-modest favoritism towards the lower right edges. Blistering sharp corner tips could possibly draw blood, the gleaming obverse side surface is near-immaculate, the borders are super clean, and an impeccable verso completes this pack-fresh marvel that has stubbornly defied father-time over the past 68 years. This unfathomable Mantle masterpiece is as miraculous as Mickey's supernatural power that electrified his overflowing fan base for 18 years, with its highest pop status earning it the utmost respect from even the most meticulous PSA Registry enthusiast!
MIN BID $100,000