PSA 10 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle sells for $115,000

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A BGS 10 Michael Jordan Rookie Card may have gotten the early headlines in a recent Memory Lane Inc. event, but it was The Mick who hit the longest home run.

The big bopper in Memory Lane’s “I Own It Now” sale was a PSA 10 copy of Mickey Mantle‘s 1956 Topps card that sold for $115,000 as part of more than a half-million dollars in sales for the Tustin, Calif.-based company.

This card is not a stranger to the auction block, either, as, according to Memory Lane, the Mantle had previously sold for $40,000 in 2005 and for more than $80,000 in a previous 2008 sale.

“The selling prices of some of the cards in I Own it Now illustrate that even in a bad or struggling economy, someone wants the best and is willing to pay to get it,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen in a release.  “It’s fun for us to sell these cards, but it’s also an eye-opening experience to see the following that some of the hobby’s best attract.”

Mantle also highlighted other top sales as a 1952 Topps Mantle in PSA 8 grade sold for more than $70,000 via a best offer, while an autographed 1935 Zeenut Joe DiMaggio card (with coupon) sold for $19,995. It was originally part of the Barry Halper Collection, sold for $19,995.

“This was our best I Own it Now event so far,” Cohen said.  “From the number of items sold to the interest we had, it’s pretty clear the vintage market continues to be pretty strong.”

Memory Lane currently is taking consignments for its August auction and is offering a free VIP pass to this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention for those who consign. For more information, click the link above.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


Jon Chuckery...Atlanta

What is more shocking…the $115K sell or the fact a 55 year old Mantle exists to get a 10 rating?

Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink
Steve South

I have four 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle cards all in very, very good condition. I would like to sell one or two and donate the proceeds to a local Humane Society I volunteer for. What’s your suggestion on where and how to get the cards appraised and sold.

Thank you,

Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink
Baseball fan 425

The biggest surprise is it ONLY sold for $115,000….. How can it only sell for that?? A BGS 10!! I cant even get a new card graded PRISTINE, Let alone a 55 year old card… WOWZERS

Posted July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink
Kevin Boland

Have a ’56 mantle in gem mint (never pro graded, but willing to prove it) condition. Difference is mine is signed by Mick himself. Any idea of its worth?

Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
Magggie Hayes

I have a Mass Card from Mickey Mantles funeral 8-13-1955. Can you tell me the value of this? Thank you

Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

Great looking card, but does a 56 mantle with rough
edges really deserve the grade of gem mint 10. Maybe
b.v.g. is more interested in publicity than accuracy.

Posted September 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

I find this article not to be true.
If price guides state a mint Topps 1956 Mantle card (#135) is worth $1,500, why would someone spend $115,000 on the same card?

PSA 10 or not
Price Guides state Mint
Even if someone wants to argue PSA 10 is so much better, ok.
But another $113,500, 75.6x more??

Just find this article hard to believe.

Posted February 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
Peter Smith

I have a Topps Mickey Mantle in excellent shape which has his 1956 Triple Crown record on the back. How do I get an appraised value that I can trust?

Posted July 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
steve d donaldson


What does that tell you about price guides??? They are so out of date with 95% of what the price. Whether its vintage or tough to find 90s inserts, most prices guides are clueless.
Hint: look at 93 refractors and 98 Dornuss Crusades to name a few.


Posted July 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

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