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.


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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  1. Jerry Osei
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    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
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    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. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted November 25, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Price guide access can be found here: http://www.beckett.com/price-guides/baseball

    If you were looking to get the most for them, though, you may want to consider having them graded first. If you have a card shop nearby, you may want to head there and show them. Condition makes a HUGE difference in price.

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