A uncommon Mickey Mantle card was sold for a history-breaking $5.2 million, the optimum price tag at any time for a baseball card, broker PWCC Marketplace announced Thursday. The card was ordered by “Billionaire Boys Club” actor and entrepreneur Rob Gough.
“I normally dreamt of possessing a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle considering that I was a child accumulating cards,” Gough stated in a statement. “It is really the Mona Lisa of sports activities cards and I’ve been seeking for this superior graded illustration conversing to industry authorities, dealers, auction properties, friends and I’m ecstatic that I’m now the proud proprietor of this legendary card.”
It can be just one of 6 PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle playing cards in existence, PWCC claimed in a launch. Jesse Craig, director of small business advancement at PWCC Marketplace, spoke really of the distinctive merchandise.
“Dependent on our investigation, this is the nicest hunting 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 9 in existence,” Craig reported.
Some of the other playing cards were being identified by two New Jersey brothers, who located five of them in their childhood collection,documented in 2018. Two of the brothers’ Mantle cards marketed for more than a quarter million pounds. The brothers’ prized 3rd Mantle card — a near-mint version of it — was place on display screen at the National Athletics Collectors Conference in Cleveland — and was receiving bids of more than $600,000 at the time.
The brothers received the thought to glance via their selection when they listened to a ’52 Topps Mantle experienced bought for practically $3 million. Former NFL lineman Evan Mathis parted with that card. CBS Information verified with PWCC on Thursday that Gough’s card after belonged to the participant.
Viewed as the “holy grail” for baseball memorabilia collectors, Chris Ivy, director of athletics auctions for Heritage Auctions, defined why the playing cards were so useful.
“Mickey Mantle is one particular of the most well-liked gamers of a era, and 1952, ’cause they created the playing cards bigger, they applied serious photography, they experienced figures on the again. So, those had been all factors that have been thrilling for little ones at the time,” Ivy advised “CBS This Morning” two several years back.
The sale of the Mickey Mantle card surpassed the earlier history held by a Mike Trout rookie card that bought for $3.93 million at an auction last summer months. This individual card received a quality of MINT 9 by Beckett Grading Expert services, which is the third-highest grade that a card can obtain, in accordance to CBS Sports.