A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for a staggering $12.6 million early Sunday morning, according to a Heritage Auctions press release shared with DailyExpertNews. The sale makes the card the most valuable sports collectible in the world, according to the auction house.
The Mickey Mantle card is especially valuable because it is so well preserved. According to Heritage Auctions, the card has been rated “Mint+ 9.5” by the Sportscard Guaranty Corporation.
For the auction house, the sale represents the growing appeal of sports collectibles.
“An eight-figure auction result in the sports market was a fantasy just a decade ago,” Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, said in the press release.
“We always knew this card would break records and expectations. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting to be part of an auction where a single item crosses the eight-figure threshold for the first time. It’s an extraordinary achievement for us great team of sports experts at Heritage Auctions. And of course we couldn’t have done it without our contributor, Anthony Giordano, who put his trust in Heritage to bring this great card to market.”
Anthony Giordano bought the Mantle Card for a record price in 1991: $50,000. He kept it hidden for three decades before bringing it to Heritage Auctions, according to the release.
“It has the best features any 1952 Topps can possess: perfect centering, registration and four sharp corners,” said Ivy in the release. “That this rookie card from Mantle has remained in this state for 70 years is a true miracle.”