Mickey Mantle card: The most costly baseball card in historical past simply bought for $12.6 million


Dig out your previous baseball playing cards. They may simply be value eight figures at public sale.

A Mickey Mantle baseball card from 1952 bought for a jaw-dropping $12,600,000 early Sunday morning, in accordance with a information launch from Heritage Auctions shared with CNN. The sale makes the cardboard probably the most precious sports activities collectible on the earth, in accordance with the public sale home.

The worth nearly doubled the earlier report for a baseball card set when a uncommon Honus Wagner bought for $6.6 million final 12 months. And it additionally beat out the report for any merchandise of sports activities memorabilia, bypassing the $9.3 million sale of Diego Maradona’s well-known ‘Hand of God’ jersey.

The Mickey Mantle card is very precious as a result of it’s so well-preserved. The cardboard was graded “Mint+ 9.5” by the Sportscard Warranty Company, in accordance with Heritage Auctions.

Mantle spent 17 years enjoying for the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1974. The record-breaking card is from his rookie season and was produced by buying and selling card big Topps.

For the public sale home, the sale represents the rising draw of sports activities collectibles.

“An eight-figure public sale consequence within the sports activities market was the stuff of fantasy only a decade in the past,” mentioned Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports activities auctions, mentioned within the launch.

“We all the time knew this card would shatter information and expectations. However that doesn’t make it any much less of a thrill to be a part of an public sale throughout which a single merchandise breaks the eight-figure threshold for the primary time. It’s a rare accomplishment for our fantastic workforce of sports activities consultants at Heritage Auctions. And, after all, we couldn’t have accomplished it with out our consignor, Anthony Giordano, who put his belief in Heritage to carry this superb card to market.”

Anthony Giordano purchased the Mantle card for what was a record-breaking value in 1991: $50,000. He saved it hidden away for 3 a long time earlier than bringing it to Heritage Auctions, in accordance with the discharge.

“It bears the best qualities any 1952 Topps can possess: excellent centering, registration and 4 sharp corners,” mentioned Ivy within the launch. “That this Mantle rookie card remained on this situation for 70 years is a real miracle.”