Broker PWCC Marketplace sold a rare Mickey Mantle card for a record-breaking $ 5.2 million announced Thursday, the highest price ever for a baseball card. The card was purchased by actor and entrepreneur Rob Gough of “Billionaire Boys Club”.
“I was always dreaming of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, because I was a kid collecting kids,” Goff said in a statement. “This is the Mona Lisa of sports cards and I am searching for this high-class example talking to industry experts, dealers, auction houses, friends and I am happy that I am now the proud owner of this iconic card.”
PWCC stated that it is one of the six PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards in existence. Jessie Craig, director of business development at the PWCC Marketplace, spoke highly of the unique item.
“Based on our research, this is the best-looking 1952 Topps Mental PSA 9 in existence,” Craig said.
Some other cards were discovered by two New Jersey brothers who found five of them in their childhood collections,Reported in 2018. Two of the brothers’ mantel cards sold for over a quarter million dollars. The brothers’ prized third mantle card – a near-mint version of it – was on display at the National Game Collectors Conference in Cleveland – and was receiving bids of more than $ 600,000 at the time.
The idea of seeing the brothers through their collection came when they heard that a ’52 Topps mantle sold for around $ 3 million. Former NFL lineman Evan Mathis partnered with that card. CBS News on Thursday confirmed with PWCC that Gough’s card once belonged to a player.
Looking at the “holy grave” for baseball memorabilia, Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for the Heritage Auction, explained why the cards were so valuable.
“Mickey Mantle is one of the most popular players of a generation, and 1952, ‘because he made the card big, he used real photography, he had figures on the back. So, they were all things that were exciting to kids.” Thea. Time, “Ivy told” CBS This Morning “two years ago.
Mickey Mantle card sales surpassed previous record of Mike Trout rookie cards that sold out $ 3.93 million At an auction last summer. This particular card received a grade of MINT 9 by Beckett Grading Services, which, according to CBS Sports, is the third-largest grade a card can receive.