Mickey Mantle is again within the file books.
A 1952 Mantle baseball card grew to become the highest-priced sports activities card ever, promoting for $5.2 million, PWCC Market introduced Thursday.
The Topps card, rated PSA 9 based mostly on the grading system for playing cards, blew by the earlier file of $3.94 million, set in August for a signed Mike Trout 2009 rookie card – of which only one was created.
As for the Mantle card, there could also be as few as three left in good situation.
Rob Gough, an actor and entrepreneur, bought the cardboard.
“The 1952 Topps Mantle is the holy grail of sports activities playing cards,” Gough stated. “I’ve dreamt of proudly owning a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle since I used to be a child accumulating playing cards. It’s the Mona Lisa of sports activities playing cards and I’ve been looking for this excessive graded instance speaking to trade specialists, sellers, public sale homes, pals and I’m ecstatic that I’m now the proud proprietor of this iconic card.”
“Primarily based on our analysis, that is the nicest trying 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 9 in existence,” Jesse Craig, director of enterprise improvement at PWCC Market, stated in a press launch.
The sky-high worth of the Mantle card is due partially to the truth that along with being the Yankee legend’s rookie card, it’s from Topps’ first annual set – a lot of which have been tossed into the Hudson River eight years later after they didn’t promote.
The Mantle file can also be a part of a increase in sports activities memorabilia that took off final 12 months and has continued in 2021.