By Harvey Hoffman
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card with a 9.5 grade from grader SGC — the “finest known example” of a 1952 Topps Mantle — sold with Heritage Auctions for $12.6 million including buyer’s premium.
It’s the most ever paid for any sports item, card or memorabilia.
The previous record for a sports card was $7.25 million, set earlier this month by a T206 Honus Wagner card consigned to collectables marketplace Goldin.
The Mantle card originally sold for $50,000 in 1991 when famed collector Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen sold it to an anonymous buyer. There are reportedly only three known better-graded Mantle cards.
The previous high for a ’52 Mantle was $5.2 million for a PSA 9 version bought in 2021. You have to wonder at this point: what’s the limit?