1951 Photograph of young Mickey Mantle taken during his rookie year at Spring Training before he ever appeared in a major league game! Seen here in Kansas City with his 15 year old twin brothers who had driven from Oklahoma to see him play, then take him for his military draft physical. A rare Mantle image from extremely early in his career, this is one of only a handful known from this event and the first of this exact pose we have ever seen. The photo has some handling wear at the corners and a small rip at the far left, but it looks better than the technical grade.
Overall Grade: 7.5/10