1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie SGC 9.5 On Display at The National

From the 1986 "Mr. Mint" Find, This Card Could be Worth North of $10 Million!
  • July 28, 2022

Only at The National! Today I was given the honor of holding one of the rarest pieces in The Hobby - a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card that could be worth North of TEN MILLION dollars! This gem is on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention here in Atlantic City, NJ.

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. The key card in the high series is Mickey Mantle's rookie card. 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 OCEANGuess which player has the majority of his rookie cards lost forever in a burial at sea? Mickey Mantle at card #311. When Mr. Mint asked "how many Mantles" the seller had, the answer was 30. Wait - THIRTY Mantle rookie cards? After Mr. Mint sat down with the seller, out came a silver tray of 1952 Topps cards in pristine condition, and sure enough Rosen pulled out a stack of over 30 Mickey Mantle rookie cards. One of the cards from the original 1986 find was just graded 9.5 out of 10 by SGC and is on display this week at The National. Described as the "Finest Known Example", this card could sell for North of TEN MILLION DOLLARS!






What a true honor to be able to hold this Mickey Mantle rookie card. Thank you to our friends at Heritage Auctions for making this happen. You can see the original letter from Mr. Mint and the screwdown the Mantle was housed in. Remember to not store your cards in a screwdown as the holder actually flattens the card and could potentially case damage. We recommend using our tips on how to safely store you cards. We'd like to hop in Doc Brown's DeLorean and pay $57,500 for this card 😎 Heritage is handling the sale of the card and bidding indicates we will see the record for most expensive baseball card of all-time. With 28 days left to bid, the price is already 5.3 million dollars!

Keep checking the Just Collect blog for more stellar pieces of memorabilia on display at the National. If you're interested in SELLING your collection, I'd love to have you stop by the booth; come chat at booth 936.


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.

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want to be appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List.

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  • Travel to us

If you can make the trip here like the son from my hometown did for this collection- we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

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  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want us to come to you, we'll hop on the next plane out. We recently took a trip to California to purchase a collection that included three Jackie Robinson 1948 Leaf rookie cards that you can read about here.

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If you choose to mail your cards for an appraisal, we will evaluate your cards for FREE still. If you choose not to sell the cards, we'll ship them back with shipping fees paid by us!  We can offer our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us. Simply contact the office to set up this option.


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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