Mickey Mantle card: The most expensive baseball card in history sold for $12.6 million

Mickey Mantle’s 1952 baseball card sold early Sunday morning for a staggering $12,600,000, according to a Heritage Auctions press release shared with CNN. This sale makes the card the most valuable sports collectible in the world, according to the auction house.

The price nearly doubled the previous record for a baseball card when a rare Honus Wagner sold for $6.6 million last year. In addition, he broke the record for most sports memorabilia by beating the sale of Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” jersey for $9.3 million.

The Mickey Mantle map is especially valuable because it is so well preserved. The card received a Like New +9.5 rating from the Sportscard Guaranty Corporation according to Heritage Auctions.

Mantle spent 17 years with the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. The record card is from his rookie season and was released by trading card giant Topps.

For the auction house, the sale represents a growing collection of sports collectibles.

“An eight-figure auction result in the sports market was something of a fantasy just a decade ago,” Chris Ivey, director of sports auctions at Heritage, said in a press release.

“We always knew that this card would break all records and expectations. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting to participate in the auction, during which one item for the first time overcomes the eight-figure threshold. This is an outstanding achievement. for our amazing team of sports experts at Heritage Auctions. And of course, we couldn’t have done it without our contributor, Anthony Giordano, who trusted Heritage to bring this wonderful card to market.”

Anthony Giordano bought the Mantle card for a record price in 1991: $50,000. According to a press release, he hid it for three decades before putting it up for auction at Heritage.

“It has the best qualities a 1952 Topps can have: perfect centering, registration and four sharp corners,” Ivey said in a press release. “That this rookie Mantle card has remained in this condition for 70 years is a real miracle.”

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