One of the three 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards to earn a PSA 10 rating is going on display next month, but you won’t have a lot of time to see it.
Long-time collector Marshall Fogel is loaning his copy to the History Colorado Center in Denver where it will be featured from July 16-18 as an addition to an exhibit of historic baseball memorabilia called Play Ball! A Celebration of America’s Game.
A PSA 10 Mantle hasn’t been on display since the late 1990s when it was showcased at the National Sports Collectors Convention.
One of six PSA 9 Mantle cards sold earlier this year for a record-setting $2.88 million, making it the second highest priced card ever sold at public auction, trailing only the “Jumbo” T206 Honus Wagner (sold for $3.12 million in 2016). Should a Mantle 10 ever be offered for sale, it would likely bring more than those two cards combined.
Fogel has owned the Mantle card since buying it in 1996. It will be transported to the museum by armored car and displayed in a case with UV protection. The display will be both temperature and climate-controlled.
“The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card is a unique piece of baseball history, celebrating the game’s place in American culture and its ability to bring people together across generations,” said Jason Hanson, History Colorado’s chief creative and the lead curator of the Play Ball! exhibition. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to share this card. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our visitors.”
The museum will stay open with extended hours until 9 p.m. these days to allow additional viewing.
On Monday, July 16, Fogel will give a talk at the Center, sharing the stories behind the card and his expansive collections of baseball artifacts. Tickets for the lecture must be purchased separately and include admission to see the ’52 Mantle card and the Play Ball! exhibition.