ROUGH 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Still Commands Top Dollar

Possibly the WORST Mantle Rookie Ever Is Still $10,000 +
  • June 26, 2021

Oof -that's a ROUGH-looking 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card.  However, this iconic card will still set you back a lot of cash...even in THIS condition.

We stumbled upon an eBay auction offering a BVG graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card that was given a grade of "Authentic - Altered."   Cards that are "altered" be it written on  or trimmed are still valuable.  In fact, we purchased a set of 1939 Play Ball cards that all had a date stamped on them.  A Mickey Mantle rookie card, even altered, can still command a top price.  The auction we found today is pushing the envelope on just how beat up a Mantle rookie card can get, and how much one may still be worth!   Look at this bad boy:




Wowza.  There is little doubt in our mind that a kid opened a pack of 1952 Topps baseball cards, pulled this Mick, and either stuck it in their bike spokes to make their ride sound like a motorcycle or they played a game of FLIP with this would-be cardboard gold! 

How much is a Mickey Mantle card in THIS condition worth?  The auction from user dcsports87 ended with a final bid of  $10,044 with 26 bids!  Just goes to show you that this card is desired no matter the condition.  What would a Mint version of this Mantle bring in?  Well, to give you an idea, it's the world's most valuable card.  You can see just how much a Mint Mantle last sold for HERE.

We've purchased many Mick rookies before here at Just Collect; in fact - WE ONCE OWNED THIS CARD!  Look at how we came to find this exact 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card we bought from a former employee of Topps baseball cards with the Diamonds in the Desert collection!

We even bought a Mantle rookie card last week!  The Mantle we bought from a seller was found hiding under jars of pickles!  Read about the "pickles" Mantle HERE.



We are very familiar with buying 1952 Topps cards, including the Mickey Mantle rookie.  Not only did we buy the "Pickles' Mick, we purchased a '52 Mantle from a collector right here in town, a little further away at the Coast, and even another Mantle rookie card from Canada including THIS one from Vancouver. If you have a Mickey Mantle rookie in NJ, anywhere in the US, Canada, or world wide, we'd love to hear from you!

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. Your collection doesn't have to be all vintage like this collection either!  We recently bought a graded card collection of more modern cards that was filled with rookie cards of Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, and even Hulk Hogan that you can see here.

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 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 blog here


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, I am 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, graded cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out any time! 


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