After Wagner's timeless gem, Mantle's rookie cardboard gem defines the cornerstone of card collecting, and is a great addition to all major card collections in the world. No one will argue that Mantle's 1951 Bowman image will forever be embedded in hobby lore as one of the few post WWII cards that supersedes almost all high-end pre-WWII cards. Micks lifetime batting statistics were impressive in today's comparison. Yet, his unquestionable power, long tape measure home runs and overall love for the game and fans add to the legacy of this card. What better card could represent the strength of our hobby than Mickey Mantle's first cardboard issue, treasured by every young boy who grew up worshiping the "Commerce Comet" dominate the game via his 12 pennants, 7 World Series victories and World Series record 18 home runs. Even more impressive was that Mantle achieved all of this success playing in pain virtually most of his career. Presented here is an absolutely breathtaking example of the iconic "true" Mantle rookie card. The classic bat over shoulder lithographic pose with Mickey's #6 (vs. his famous #7) partly showing on his uniform was taken from a classic original black & white photograph from Mantle's rookie season. All the qualities of a EX-NM example. One to own for the best of the best collections.