Mickey Mantle Baseball Card From 1952 Sells for $2.88 Million

Mickey Mantle Baseball Card From 1952 Sells for $2.88 Million

Mickey Mantle Baseball Card From 1952 Sells for $2.88 Million

On Thursday, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that retired National Football League player, Evan Mathis, sold a baseball card which snagged a price tag of nearly $3 million - making it the second-most expensive baseball card ever sold at an auction.

"It's a remarkable price", said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage. Mathis has been collecting baseball cards since he was a kid in the 1980s, and traded the vast majority of his collection for the Mantle card two years ago.

The Mantle card, on the other hand, was made rare because a different set of circumstances.

"Just that image of the young Mickey Mantle, over the years it's been a centerpiece of the hobby", Mathis told The Associated Press by phone.

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The record price for a card is $3.12 million - a Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 card that sold in 2016 through Goldin Auctions.

The card was sold by former National Football League offensive lineman Evan Mathis, who said he was hoping to free up funds to buy a new house.

Mathis called the card "the Mona Lisa of the sports card world".

According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Mathis sold the card in order to help build a dream home for his family.

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Mathis bought several inferior versions of the card before a collector offered him the one he sold Thursday. Until Thursday, the most a '52 Mantle had ever sold for was $1.13 million. The first-year card is not as lovely, nor is it as desirable, though it is important. Neshek already said he regretted selling the card instead of adding it to his impressive sports memorabilia collection.

According to SportsCollectorsDigest.com, one of the reasons why the card is so coveted is because at the time of its production no one wanted it - the card was released so late in the season that customer interest had dropped off.

Even after all that effort, Berger still had 300 cases left, so he dumped them into the ocean, which is ultimately why the 1952 Mantle rookie is so valuable.

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