1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Sells for Over $1 Million

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The elusive list of million-dollar baseball cards has a new member — the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. A PSA 8.5 copy of the card sold for $1,135,250 (including buyer’s premium) through Heritage Auctions.

This is just the second baseball card to top the milestone, although the T206 Honus Wagner has achieved that mark several times, most recently hitting $3 million for the first time.

The PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle being sold by Heritage is one of three with that grade. Above those are six PSA 9 and three PSA 10 copies. According to Heritage, this particular card’s origins can be traced back to Alan Rosen and his 1986 find of 1952 Topps High Number cards, which included a total of 75 Mantles.

This isn’t the only high-end 1952 Mantle sold in the Heritage auction. They also had a PSA 7 that sold for $155,350 and a handful of others below that.

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This is the latest in a long line of soaring prices for iconic vintage cards, particularly those in high grade. A pair of PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles have topped $500,000 in the last 12 months. One in December, 2015 sold for $525,800. In February, 2016, another one went for $501,900. Both of these sales were also handled by Heritage Auctions.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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6 comments

  1. Jerry Osei 19 November, 2016 at 16:49

    What common rookie card in this era from the 80’s 90”s and the millineum years in any sport comes close to a Mickey mantle or honus Wagner rookie card. Besides Michael Jordan rookie card from star and fleet, I’m guessing Lebron James, shaq, Alex Rodriquez or Kobe Bryant rookie cards,

  2. Steven 24 November, 2016 at 16:20

    If I had the same Mickey mantle rookie card, How can I find out it’s worth. I have a whole collection of mantle cards including a sign payroll check. I’m really wondering what the complete frame that I have is worth.

  3. Cardboard Picasso 19 January, 2018 at 12:31

    it’s amazing how high grades of this card keep appreciating in value. Since this article has been written, I’ve heard of 9’s topping $2 million dollars. Unbelievable!

  4. Stewart Alfrey 1 April, 2018 at 06:03

    There is s website called letgo and in ohio were im from someone has a psa 9 mantle for 300,000 do you think that is real at that price

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 April, 2018 at 23:19

      @Stewart – Personally, I would be extremely cautious. If someone has a graded 1952 Mantle, they probably know enough about the hobby that LetGo probably isn’t the best place to sell such a prestigious card.

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