A Mickey Mantle baseball card has shattered a five-month-old document for highest-selling sports activities card of all time, going for $5.2 million, PWCC Market introduced on Thursday.
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 — PSA is a grading system that ranges from 1-10 — took the document from a one-of-one Mike Trout rookie that bought for $3.94 million in August. It is believed that there are solely six PSA 9s of that Mantle card nonetheless in existence.
Rob Gough, the actor who acquired streetwear model Dope in 2017, bought the ’52 Mantle, which former NFL lineman Evan Mathis bought in 2018 for $2.88 million.
“The 1952 Topps Mantle is the holy grail of sports activities playing cards,” Gough stated. “As a child ripping packs within the ’90s, I all the time dreamt of proudly owning one. … I felt this Mantle was extremely underpriced.”
Whereas not Mantle rookies, the 1952 playing cards are famend for being Topps’ first annual set and for having been dumped, by the 1000’s, into the Hudson River in 1960 after overproduction.
Since August, Gough has amassed a 1916 Sporting Information Babe Ruth rookie, a 1917 Collins-McCarthy Joe Jackson and a number of other PSA 10 Michael Jordan rookie playing cards amongst others.
The acquisition marks one more milestone amid a current surge in big-money sports activities memorabilia gross sales. Eight playing cards have now bought for $900,000 or extra, with six of these gross sales previously 12 months. Earlier than the Trout rookie sale in August, a T206 Honus Wagner PSA 5, bought in 2016, held the document at $3.12 million.
And the ceiling might rise additional but. There are three acknowledged PSA 10 (rated “gem mint” situation, a “nearly excellent card” in keeping with PSA) Mantles in existence, one in every of which was on climate-controlled, UV-protected show, and transported by armored automobile, in Colorado in 2018. They’re valued at greater than $10 million every.