By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The best Beckett-graded Mick came and went on auction block this past weekend resulting in a big sale.
The highest-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card ever graded by Beckett Grading Services sold last week via St. Louis-based Goodwin and Co. as part of its latest Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons sale. Only 120 copies of the iconic card have been slabbed by BGS and this is the only BVG 8 in existence – with none higher.
In fact, only one 7.5 and two BVG 7s even exist for this always in-demand card, according to the BGS Population Report.
Bidding opened at $18,000 and escalated quickly despite receiving just a dozen bids. Its final price was $81,348.40.
The highest price for a Near-mint-Mint 8 at auction in the Beckett database in recent years is a $75,198 PSA 8 sale via Mile High Card Company, though the highest prices paid for a Mint 8 are a pair of 2008 sales — a $98,177 sale from Goodwin and a $112,800 sale from Memory Lane Inc.
PSA has graded 1,143 copies of the card, according to its pop report, with 31 cards receiving a PSA 8 and just 13 total cards grading higher.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.