At the National: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle stolen from dealer’s display


By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Thieves stole a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle from a dealer’s case at the National Sports Collectors Convention – and now authorities and fellow dealers are trying to track down the card.


Jeff Foy, a dealer with Indianapolis-based Card Country, said he believes a group of three people were likely involved, with two people distracting employees while the third person swiped the card.

“It’s so frustrating,” he said. “You think people are honest and decent and 99 percent are. All it takes is that one person to change that.”

The card pulls from Topps’ first complete baseball series – one of baseball’s most iconic cards, featuring the young slugger with a bat over his shoulder. Foy purchased the Mantle – graded PSA 4 – from a collector about three months ago. A Mantle in that condition recently sold for $8,000 online.

Instead of simply talking to collectors today, Foy was talking to the police officers, grading companies and fellow dealers.

One positive aspect of off-condition cards is that they carry defects that make them distinguishable. In this case, the upper right-hand corner of the card features a white line, something that gives Foy hope that the card will emerge.

“It’s disheartening,” he said. “I hope someone will recognize it.”


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  1. Joe Cecil 2 August, 2013 at 21:12

    This card will sell on the black market for the next 100 years. Sorry to the dealer thats horrible.

  2. JayKayZee 3 August, 2013 at 05:56

    Sadly, chances are it was swiped already having a buyer for it. Likely to be lost in someone’s collection for a long time..

  3. Trammell3 3 August, 2013 at 08:07

    maybe it’s an insurance scam? the seller says it was stolen to cash in on an insurance policy when actually the seller just cracked it out of the holder and plans to have it re graded.

  4. Trammell3 3 August, 2013 at 09:47

    that’s what you do when something is damaged or stolen, call the cops. if you got into a car accident your first action would be to call the cops. then file an insurance claim. didn’t this happen just last year or two years ago? a high end card gets stolen from a booth?

  5. Corky 3 August, 2013 at 17:46

    I was reading through Collectors Universe message boards and apparently two 1951 Mantle cards have been stolen so far, this PSA 4 and a SGC 1.5 was stolen the day before. This is just horrible that people would go and steal cards and last year someone stole the Mel Ott bat. Sadly the thieves can just crack the cards out of their cases and submit them again for grading to get a new unique cert number.

    The PSA 4 cert # is 40427314

    The SGC cert # is 8207907-001

  6. Richard Perry 4 August, 2013 at 10:02

    What a joke. People are just mean. They have nothing better to do then take advantage of others.

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