A card listed as a high-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle has been pulled from an auction over what the auction company called “authenticity concerns”.
Goodwin & Company had offered the card, which was listed as a PSA 8 NM/MT, in an auction that launched last weekend. Bidding soared to nearly $300,000 in the opening hours but the lot was removed from an online catalog earlier this week.
There was no specific statement as to what prompted the auction to be halted, however, a message from the auction company stated: “We are communicating with officials at Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) currently, and will share updates with bidders as soon as possible.”
Selling prices for high-grade 1952 Topps Mantle cards have brought unprecedented prices in the second half of this year, with another PSA 8 example selling for $525,800 earlier this month. High prices attained for cards can sometimes lead to increased attempts at fraud, although there has been no confirmation of that in this case so far.
We’ve reached out to Goodwin & Company and its parent company, Beckett, for additional information but haven’t received a response yet.
There are 32 1952 Topps Mantle cards graded 8 by PSA, according to the company’s population reports.