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1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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A Mickey Mantle baseball card has sold for $5.2 million, setting a new record for trading cards, PWCC marketplace announced, according to Dan Hajducky of ESPN.

This dwarfs the previous record set by a Mike Trout rookie card when it sold for $3.94 million in August.

It is believed there are only nine 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 cards in existence. The record-breaking card was purchased by actor and entrepreneur Rob Gough.

"The 1952 Topps Mantle is the holy grail of sports cards," Gough said. "As a kid ripping packs in the '90s, I always dreamt of owning one ... I felt this Mantle was highly underpriced."

The card was previously sold in 2018 for $2.8 million and is considered to be the best of its kind.

"Based on our research, this is the nicest looking 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 9 in existence," said Jesse Craig, director of business development at PWCC Marketplace, according to Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports.


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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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Mike Trout rookie card when it sold for $3.94 million in August.




Black n Gold
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
My dad was a huge Mickey Mantle fan growing up. He had a Mickey Mantle Topps card, not a particularly rare one, that he held onto from his childhood that was worth several thousand dollars even back when I was a kid. He also had an autographed cocktail napkin from when he ran into Mantle at a bar in NOLA back in the 80's. He put both in a frame, and buried them on a shelf of our home. Found them sitting on the same shelf in in '05 after Katrina. It appeared they had floated on top of the flood waters, and incurred water damage only around their parameters. I took them out to dry, reframed them, and put them in a box only to forget about them for years. When I went back to dig them out, they had long succumb to the hurricane water that had originally damaged them. Not sure what else I could have done to save them.

I know... CSB.


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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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Mike Trout rookie card when it sold for $3.94 million in August.
looks like i need to start collecting


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KosmoCramer
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"The 1952 Topps Mantle is the holy grail of sports cards," Gough said.


The guy that bought the Honus Wagner card said the same thing last week.

How many Holy Grails do these people think there are?


bluebarracuda
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
What's crazy about this card, it was highly printed, like unprecedented for the time, but so many people just trashed them, literally, because there were so many.

PSA 8 of this would probably sell in the 2-4 million


bluebarracuda
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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How many Holy Grails do these people think there are?



There can be multiple holy grails. Baseball just overtakes them because they have such an old print running.

Any card with a highly limited print running and/or very rare PSA pop can be a holy grail


Black n Gold
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but so many people just trashed them, literally,


My dad always jokes that his bike spokes probably ate through millions of dollars worth of cards.


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TypoKnig
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What's crazy about this card, it was highly printed, like unprecedented for the time, but so many people just trashed them, literally, because there were so many.


Topps overproduced thousands of 1952 cards that they couldn’t sell. They sat in warehouses until 1960 they were loaded on a barge and dumped in the ocean. That’s what makes mint condition versions of this card so rare.
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UAinSOUTHAL
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
Hell a Giannis card sold for 1.1 million last month. Hobby has been exploding the last year. Basic basketball hobby boxes are selling for 500-1000 when they used to be $200.


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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
My mint condition Cal Ripken rookie card seems worthless about now.....


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TigerintheNO
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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What's crazy about this card, it was highly printed, like unprecedented for the time, but so many people just trashed them, literally, because there were so many.


it was a late #311 card in the set, back then Topps would release the packs to stores in numerical sequence, low number first and high numbers last. Reining MVPs would be the first two cards, and other stars in the low #, rookies in high #. The lower number cards had the opportunity to be in stores all summer, while the high number cards released late summer would be swapped out for football cards on Labor Day.


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metallica81788
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
Have a friend who is doing this now. Zion cards selling for 6 figures.

Who are the people buying these? Just sounds insane.


KosmoCramer
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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There can be multiple holy grails. Baseball just overtakes them because they have such an old print running.

Any card with a highly limited print running and/or very rare PSA pop can be a holy grail


Do you know what the Holy Grail is?


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BobABooey
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
I had a Nolan Ryan rookie card (1968? Don’t remember) that wasn’t in great condition. It was stolen during a burglary and insurance gave me the Beckett value of $1,000.


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TomBuchanan
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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He also had an autographed cocktail napkin from when he ran into Mantle at a bar in NOLA back in the 80's.


More like, not surprising


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bluebarracuda
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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Topps overproduced thousands of 1952 cards that they couldn’t sell. They sat in warehouses until 1960 they were loaded on a barge and dumped in the ocean. That’s what makes mint condition versions of this card so rare.



It really is a fascinating card. The pop reports show just how rare these high graded cards are. There are likely more PSA 7s in the world then 8s, 9s, and 10s combined. I wish there was a possible way to see re-grade numbers because those are likely fudging the PSA 8 and 9 grades


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Pettifogger
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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The guy that bought the Honus Wagner card said the same thing last week.

How many Holy Grails do these people think there are?



In fairness I think 20 years ago if you asked what the holy grail cards are it would be Honus and Mantle '52.

But when I was young it was along the lines of the 52 mantle being a 20k card and the Wagner being 250k. So obviously the former has surged (not surprising).
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bluebarracuda
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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But when I was young it was along the lines of the 52 mantle being a 20k card and the Wagner being 250k. So obviously the former has surged (not surprising).


I don't know how old you are, so I don't know when you were young, but it could be that there wasn't a lot of information on the Mantle card back when like there is now. Maybe its now known rarity helps drive the price.

And it helps that there's more nostalgia attached to Mantle


UAinSOUTHAL
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re: 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Card Sells For $5.2M
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Have a friend who is doing this now. Zion cards selling for 6 figures.

Who are the people buying these? Just sounds insane.


Honestly most of the young guys buying these cards made a lot of money in bitcoin. Opening these boxes and packs is just like gambling except it's not controlled by the government. These pack/box breaks go on everyday on Instagram Live or Twitch and people will paypal/venmo the money to get in the breaks. The card stores will then mail out what ever you get. I watched one stream last night where they open 4 $35,000 boxes in a row. They pulled a zion RPA out of one they will probably sell for $25K. The guys were in for 10 spots at $3,500 per. So one guy got a $25K card for $3,500. This happens daily and is no different then playing slots in a casino.


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