PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $130K

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Aug. 16 Update: The pack sold for $21,404, while the PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle card sold for $130,000

“Let’s play two” is an understatement of how exciting this one is.

Ernie Banks‘ memorable phrase comes to mind when two of the biggest PSA-graded gems from 1952 Topps hit the bloclk– even though Mr. Cub wasn’t around to be found in those packs.

Up for grabs as part of Memory Lane‘s Summer Treasures auction, found now at, are a PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card and a PSA 8 wax pack from the famed set. Only 10 Mantles have graded higher from PSA.

The card had been a PSA 8 but was re-examined after PSA added half-grades to its 10-point grading scale. What might this card fetch? Well, in 2007, Memory Lane sold two PSA 9s for $375,000 apiece.

The pack is something special, too, as it is the highest-graded specimen available.

“This is the highest known graded 1952 Topps pack,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen.  “We’ve put the pre-sale estimate at between $20,000-$30,000.”

In December 2009, Memory Lane sold an unopened 1952 Topps 5-cent wax pack for $15,406.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Michael
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    One day I must own this card. I think it’s the most sought after card ever!

  2. Michael
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Most desired card in hobby. In my opinion it will one day overshadow even the honus wanger T206. I herad there are less than 500-800 52 mantle left in the world

  3. brock
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    this card for some reason has always been my pinnicale. I will probaly never be able to attain this card. I became addicted to pain medication a few years back due to a car wreck and a broken heart. I haven’t collected baseball cards since I was 15yrs old. But seeing this mickey mantle card has brought back my passion for a sober life. Its silly to say but seeeing this card again made me realize that my dream of owning a 1952 Mickey Mantle. It has given me the first goal I have set for myself in many years. Now that I have set tje goal of abtaining this card it has put many other goals in my life to prespective. I hope that one day I will acheive all my goals in life. But I think the goal I have set for myself to own a 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps card will only come to life after achieving the most important goal of all to me, living a happy and healthy life I can once again be proud of. This card has put my life in perspective. Its crazy to think that a baseball card has given me passion for life. I have looked everywhere the past few years for a reason to be happy again and seeing this card on the internet has given me a new purpose. One of which I can only acheive by setting more important goals to accomplish in life. Then my dream can become reality!!!! Sounds silly,huh, but I got to start somewhere and the 1952 mickey mantle topps #311 is it.

  4. Jeff Williams
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I recently inherited a 1952 Topps Mantle from my father. We have decided to sell it. does anyone have a suggestion as to what the best way get it sold would be. We also have quite a few other valuable baseball collectibles including some unopened 1959 Topps nickle packs.
    Thanks for the help!

  5. Corey
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Today is one of the saddest days of my life just saw how much this card is worth and I sold mine a few years back cause the guy who appraised it told me it was a fake and hell give me 20$ for it which was the most i would make on was a mint condition strait from pack to hard awe never taken out and I had it my whole life I hope really bad things happen to that guy.

  6. Shane morgan
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I have this card, its in my bank safe deposit box. It was part of my grandpa’s collection I got when he died about 12 yrs ago. I’m gonna pass it down to my son when I get older. And no the card is not for sale.

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