1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card Smashes Price Record at 12.6 Million

Mantle Breaks Record Held by T206 Honus Wanger Card by MILLIONS
  • August 28, 2022

A new world record for most valuable baseball card of all-time has been set, and the record was SMASHED! A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was sold for 12.6 million dollars last night. You won't believe how much the record was set by.

Move over, Honus Wanger; Mickey Mantle is the KING of baseball cards now. Earlier this month we told you about a T206 Honus Wagner card setting an all-time record in a 7.2 million-dollar sale. The price tag was 1 million dollars MORE than the old record. The record didn't last long. Late last night, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was sold for a staggering sum of 12.6 MILLION dollars

You read that correctly - 12.6 million. This sale price is 5.4 million dollars more than the old record!




Offered by Heritage Auctions, this particular Mantle rookie card has an amazing backstory. At card #311 in the 1952 Topps baseball card set, Mantle's card was placed in the "sixth series." In 1952, Topps released their set in multiple series during the baseball season. This idea sounded like a fine marketing tool at the time. By releasing cards numbered 1-80 in "series 1" and not releasing all 407 cards simultaneously, collectors would not be able to build a complete set of cards early in the baseball season. This would keep collectors purchasing cards all season, or so Topps and distributors thought. When Fall came around, collectors were more interested in football. The forgotten sixth series, cards #311 - 407, were disposed of by being DUMPED IN THE OCEAN! Many of Mantle's rookie cards were lost at sea.

In 1986, Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen discovered possibly the greatest find in the hobby. A man in Quincy, Massachusetts told Rosen about well-conditioned 1952 Topps baseball cards from the high-number series. When Mr. Mint asked "how many Mantles" the seller had, the answer was 30. Wait - THIRTY Mantle rookie cards? A trip to the home of Ted Lodge resulted in hobby history. Lodge's father had worked as a delivery driver for the distribution of the Topps cards. After Mr. Mint sat down with Lodge, out came a silver tray of 1952 Topps cards in mint condition, and sure enough Rosen pulled out a stack of pristine cards from the high-numbered series. The total of Mantle cards alone ended up being an estimated 75!

On June 17th, 1991, the Mantle you see above was sold from Mr. Mint to a collector for $40,000. Accompanying the sale was a letter from Mr. Mint stating the card was is the "finest known example in the world." The card was recently graded 9.5 out of 10 by SGC and the final sale price at auction last night was 12.6 million dollars! From $40,000 to 12.6 million in 31 years; vintage cards are hotter than ever!


If you have a Mickey Mantle rookie card that you're interested in selling, we are always interested in purchasing your collection. We have purchased many Mickey Mantle rookie cards including The Black Box Collection and Grandpa's Shoe box Collection.

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