Heritage Auctions‘ sale of a PSA 8 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card set another record for the card in its condition this week.
“The 1952 Topps Mantle rookie is a truly transcendent piece of Americana,” said Chris Ivy, the Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “It looms in the collective American imagination like a copy of Action Comics #1, an inverted Jenny stamp or an Abe Lincoln autograph. You don’t have to collect baseball cards to recognize it, so thoroughly is it woven into the national consciousness.”
So, how much for the icon of all post-war baseball card icons?
It sold for $525,800 in Heritage’s latest online sale, topping all previous marks.
In early November, another PSA 8 went for $486,100 in an eBay sale via PWCC Auctions. A PSA 8 copy of the card sold via Goldin Auctions earlier this year for just over $400,000 including the buyer’s premium.
“The sky seems to be the limit for high-grade Mantle rookies right now,” Ivy said. “It’s the one card that all collectors want, and the top collectors want to the top examples. They’re obviously very willing right now to pay what it takes to get them.”
Only 32 copies of more than 1,100 graded have gotten a PSA 8 mark. Only nine cards have graded higher — three of those being PSA 10s.
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