Lot # 68: 1959 Bazooka #15 Mickey Mantle (HOF) - PSA VG-EX 4 - Rare Numerical Grade!

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Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer, 2021 Premier Auction",
which ran from 8/9/2021 9:00 PM to
8/28/2021 9:00 PM

Printed on the sides of Bazooka gum boxes that contained 25 pieces of penny gum, the 1959 Bazooka cards were colorful, large-format (nearly 3" x 5") cards that are among today's most popular oddball issues from the 1950s and 60s, and certainly the most difficult to complete of all the Bazooka sets.  As with any card that appeared on the outside of a box, 1959 Bazooka is extremely prone to surface wear.  However, the hand-cut nature of these cards creates additional condition issues, as most grading companies will not assign a numerical grade to a hand-cut card unless its entire border is visible.  Indeed, most 1959 Bazooka cards graded by PSA have been awarded an AUTHENTIC grade.  Of 124 examples of the Mantle card assessed by PSA, just 12 have received numerical grades, with only three higher than this.  The card is cut wonderfully with a small amount of edge and corner wear, perhaps fitting a slightly higher-grade card, however, some surface wear on and near Mantle's face reduces the technical grade of the card to the VG/EX 4 level.  Still a very difficult card to find with any numerical grade.

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