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Mickey Mantle baseball cards sell for $ 10 million and could break the record for sports souvenirs

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The rare 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card for the sports legend’s rookie season is expected to sell over $ 10 million at next month’s auction. This is a record-breaking amount for the most expensive sports souvenir ever sold at auction. The market continues to boom.

Important facts

According to Heritage Auctions, which mediates the sale on August 27, this item is unused and is the “best known example” of the 1952 card.

The sports souvenir certification company SGC rated the card on a scale of 9.5 out of 10, indicating that there are only “small defects” according to the rating scale.

The auction isn’t over another month, but buyers are already showing interest. The highest online bid for the card has already reached $ 4.2 million by Monday afternoon, and Heritage Auctions expects to sell for at least $ 10 million.

The auctioned card was last sold in New York in 1991 and was purchased by New Jersey waste management entrepreneur Anthony Giordano for $ 50,000, according to AP.

Another 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card earned $ 5.2 million in January 2021 making it the most expensive sports card ever sold at the auction at the time.

Future auctions could break the current sports card record held by the T206 Honus Wagner Card, which sold for $ 6.6 million in August 2021.

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$ 9.2 million. This is the amount of jersey worn by soccer star Diego Maradona when he scored the infamous “The Hand of God” goal sold in May in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. This broke the record for the most expensive sports souvenirs. This is the last record set in 2019 and is a 1892 document that led to a modern resurgence of ancient Greek competition when buyers paid $ 8.8 million to the original Olympic manifesto.


The sports souvenir market surged during the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic, the sports league canceled the game, and many fans turned their attention to collecting. Demand for trading cards, in particular, surged in 2020, said Nicole Colombo, head of eBay’s collections and trading cards, last year.

Main background

Mickey Mantle played his entire 18-year professional baseball career at the New York Yankees before retiring in 1968. The mantle was a favorite of the crowd and helped the Yankees win the Seven World Series while on his team. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. “Every time he went up to the plate, the crowd was hooked, there was a roar, and he never disappointed you …. he had that aura about him,” 1952. Giordano, the former owner of the mantle card of the year, told AP. The mantle died of liver cancer in 1995 at the age of 63.


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