A scarce Mickey Mantle card was bought for a report-breaking $5.2 million, the greatest rate ever for a baseball card, broker PWCC Market declared Thursday. The card was ordered by “Billionaire Boys Club” actor and entrepreneur Rob Gough.
“I generally dreamt of possessing a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle considering that I was a child amassing playing cards,” Gough explained in a statement. “It really is the Mona Lisa of athletics cards and I’ve been exploring for this higher graded example chatting to sector industry experts, sellers, auction houses, pals and I’m ecstatic that I am now the proud owner of this legendary card.”
It really is a person of 6 PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle playing cards in existence, PWCC explained in a launch. Jesse Craig, director of organization advancement at PWCC Market, spoke really of the special product.
“Dependent on our exploration, this is the nicest hunting 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 9 in existence,” Craig stated.
Some of the other cards were found out by two New Jersey brothers, who found 5 of them in their childhood assortment,claimed in 2018. Two of the brothers’ Mantle playing cards marketed for additional than a quarter million bucks. The brothers’ prized third Mantle card — a close to-mint edition of it — was place on display at the Nationwide Sporting activities Collectors Conference in Cleveland — and was acquiring bids of additional than $600,000 at the time.
The brothers received the strategy to search via their collection when they listened to a ’52 Topps Mantle had bought for virtually $3 million. Former NFL lineman Evan Mathis parted with that card. CBS News confirmed with PWCC on Thursday that Gough’s card once belonged to the participant.
Thought of the “holy grail” for baseball memorabilia collectors, Chris Ivy, director of sporting activities auctions for Heritage Auctions, defined why the cards were being so precious.
“Mickey Mantle is a person of the most preferred players of a technology, and 1952, ’cause they manufactured the playing cards bigger, they used serious pictures, they experienced stats on the back. So, those people ended up all things that were exciting for kids at the time,” Ivy advised “CBS This Morning” two a long time ago.
The sale of the Mickey Mantle card surpassed the preceding document held by a Mike Trout rookie card that marketed for $3.93 million at an auction previous summer season. This unique card obtained a quality of MINT 9 by Beckett Grading Companies, which is the third-greatest grade that a card can receive, according to CBS Sporting activities.