Highest BVG-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $81,000+

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The best Beckett-graded Mick came and went on auction block this past weekend resulting in a big sale.

The highest-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card ever graded by Beckett Grading Services sold last week via St. Louis-based Goodwin and Co. as part of its latest Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons sale. Only 120 copies of the iconic card have been slabbed by BGS and this is the only BVG 8 in existence – with none higher.

In fact, only one 7.5 and two BVG 7s even exist for this always in-demand card, according to the BGS Population Report.

Bidding opened at $18,000 and escalated quickly despite receiving just a dozen bids. Its final price was $81,348.40.

The highest price for a Near-mint-Mint 8 at auction in the Beckett database in recent years is a $75,198 PSA 8 sale via Mile High Card Company, though the highest prices paid for a Mint 8 are a pair of 2008 sales — a $98,177 sale from Goodwin and a $112,800 sale from Memory Lane Inc.

PSA has graded 1,143 copies of the card, according to its pop report, with 31 cards receiving a PSA 8 and just 13 total cards grading higher.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I would have thought it would have sold higher, that card is in amazing shape. I love the blue of the background on that card, it is almost aqua.

  2. Jon
    Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Yes, sounds like a steal. What would you think a 7 Gord Howe would trade at??

  3. Jon
    Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, a 7 1955 Gord Howe.

  4. Tina Smith
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    i lust recently sent a 52 mantle to beckett for grading it passed all there test card stock everything,they sent an email back that it wasnt authentic,heres the best part the reason why,the last e on facsimile autograph the end of the e turns up???????????????? there is 2 variations of this card on one the e turns up and the other it points down,what do i need to do HELP!!!!!!!! they have done me this way more than once.

  5. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Hi Tina,

    Your best bet is to contact the grading rep closest to you: http://www.beckett.com/grading/team

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