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Old 07-05-2018, 02:36 PM
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Default 1951 Bowman Mantle or....

Hey guys,

I'm currently weighing the option on three cards right now and was hoping you could lend some insight as to what you would choose. All would be low-grade acquisitions, with the possible exception of the Jordan (and my apologies for mixing up eras / sports in this one).

1933 Goudey Ruth (likely a 144)
1951 Bowman Mantle
1984-85 Star 181 Jordan

I'm leaning towards the Mantle, but the others have obvious merits as well.


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Old 07-05-2018, 02:47 PM
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Always bet on The Mick. Ruth second, Jordan a distant third.
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:23 PM
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Default 1951 Bowman Mick or Babe Ruth

I'm actually in the same boat as you and I've decided to go with the Babe. I figure, I can always go back and pick up the Mantle/ Jordan at a later date. Good luck.
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Old 07-05-2018, 04:45 PM
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I own Ruth Goudeys and a 51 Bowman Mantle, the Mantle cards seem to be cooling off a bit here so your money may go further today on that card than it would on a Ruth which is fairly hot right now. In regards to the Jordan, I own his fleer rookie, but have stayed away from the Star....reason being you will notice that only Beckett grades them and they do it purely for the money, because after the cards became popular the owner of Star still had the original printing plates and began printing them again in the early 90s and it's impossible to tell if you're buying an original or a reprint... PSA and SGC can't tell so they won't touch them... I am not interested in spending a good chunk of money on something that may be a reprint....
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:42 PM
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I would go with the Ruth. 33 Goudey Ruths and t206 Cobbs would be my top 2 choices with the Bowman Mantle RC being third.
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:53 PM
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I have both Mantle and Ruth. For me, the Mantle was more exciting:

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:09 PM
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I personally would love to own a 51 Bowman Mantle. It is one of my favorites.

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:11 PM
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I had a lot more fun chasing the Mantle down than the Ruth. There are a million Goudeys and there doesn't seem to be any universal defect when it comes to the Goudey Ruths. It took me a long, long time to find a Mantle that was in "collector grade" condition, that was also centered, without back damage or stray marks, and within my budget. I felt much more accomplished when I finally did find that example.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:23 PM
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Personally, as I currently don't own anything Ruth, I'd go that route, but owning a 51 Mantle also has it's appeal.

Likely, if both cards were priced somewhat close, I'd pick the best looking one of the 2.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:01 PM
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Ruth, easy choice for me if one has to choose.
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