There is a common misconception in the baseball card hobby about the Mickey Mantle rookie card…
Usually it’s his iconic 1952 Topps card that comes to mind.
But the 1951 Bowman is actually his official rookie card, albeit less popular and less valuable than its 1952 Topps counterpart.
Make no mistake, collectors go crazy for both cards. No doubt about it.
So much so that both are ranked high on the list of the most valuable baseball cards in the hobby.
For that reason I’m going to talk about both of them. But it’s important to understand the key differences between the two.
This guide takes an in-depth look at each card to give you the details about what to know when hunting for a Mickey Mantle rookie.