$408,000 for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Leads Heritage Sports Card Auction

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It’s not the highest price ever paid for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8, but $408,000 is still a big number for a baseball card. That was the price paid at Heritage Auctions’ 2017 November Sports Catalog Auction.

The Mantle was one of six cards in the auction to top at least $100,000.

Heritage had cards from a variety of sports and era up for sale, many of which ranked among the top condition for that particular card.

For the Mantle, this is the fourth biggest public sale for a PSA 8 copy of the card. Earlier this year it recorded prices of $462,000 (Memory Lane in May) and $384,000 (Heritage in August). The record for a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is $525,800. That came in December, 2015 through Heritage Auctions.

A 1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth, graded PSA 4, was the second biggest sale of the night, fetching $264,000. The figure is huge, but not a record-setter. The exact same copy of the card sold in February, 2017 for $288,000.

Basketball saw the third highest sale of the night with a 1969-170 Topps Lew Alcindor. One of just two copies of the card graded a PSA 10, it nabbed $240,000. The previous high for the card was $64,026 for a PSA 9 copy of the iconic tallboy Rookie Card.

Here’s a breakdown of the top sports card sales from Heritage Auctions’ 2017 November Sports Catalog Auction.

Top 10 Sports Card Sales from Heritage Auctions’ 2017 November Sports Catalog Auction

Sales ended November 17, 2017. All prices include buyer’s premium.

1. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 8 – $408,000

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8

2. 1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth #151 PSA 4 – $264,000

1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth PSA 4

3. 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor #25 PSA 10 – $240,000

1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor PSA 10

4. 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie #106 PSA 9 – $144,000

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie PSA 9

5. 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 PSA 8 – $132,000

1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 8

6. 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax #123 PSA 9 – $108,000

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA 9

7. 1948 Leaf Satchel Paige #8 PSA 7 – $84,000

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige PSA 7

8. 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson #312 PSA 9 – $72,000

1952 Topps Jackie Robinson PSA 9

9. 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird/Julius Erving/Magic Johnson PSA 10 – $66,000

1980-81 Topps Larry Bird Magic Johnson RC

10 (tie). 1986 Topps Football Complete Set (all graded, 342 PSA 10, 54 PSA 9) – $60,000

10 (tie). 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 80 – $60,000

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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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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12 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 March, 2018 at 21:49

      @BRIAN — Your best bet would be to take a few photos and show them to your closest card shop. They can probably tell pretty fast roughly what you have and can probably help you.

  1. Jeff 18 March, 2018 at 09:36

    Can a person find out where the card you’re bidding on came from? Like who owned it or at least what state it was from? Thank you

  2. scott 4 July, 2018 at 01:15

    have a wayne gretzky opeecee rookie card in very good condition….also have a Nolan ryan first year card with METS and reggie Jackson rookie card

    Scott in Montreal,Canada

  3. Susan Pettingill 19 October, 2018 at 09:09

    I see the Auction houses always keep the sellers name anonymous. What if some one you were in a relationship stole cards from you that your Grandfather willed to you? The Will proves whose cards they actually are….What can I do?

    • Ryan Cracknell 19 October, 2018 at 10:38

      @Susan – If there is an issue in that regard, I’d try contacting the auction house first. They keep names anonymous publicly, but there is likely things in place for these sorts of things. From there, if it’s not resolved and it’s a matter of theft, I’d look at legal recourse.

  4. FRANK EVANS 19 October, 2018 at 10:32

    HI YOU I have a un sorted collection of cards my guess is about 10,000 everything from kiss to star wars hockey football baseball 3 trunks full and counting don’t know the value plus a box full of comic books I sure would like an appraisal on them

  5. Dave 19 October, 2018 at 11:08

    I have a bunch of cards, baseball, hockey some football ad even some of the looney toons ones. Anyone know of a good trusted card shop in Winnipeg that I could talk to? Thank you

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