One of 31 PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards sold at auction Sunday evening for a record-breaking price of $486,100.
During this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention, Goldin Auctions had set the previous record price for the grade with another top end example bringing $400,950. That same week, Heritage Auctions sold an 8 for $309,613. Earlier this month, Mile High Card Company sold one for $309,613.
Just 11 1952 Mantle cards have been rated higher than an 8 by PSA. SGC has graded four at that level with three higher.
The card has been a good investment for those who have owned one. Just 3 ½ years ago, a 1952 Mantle sold for just over $75,000. Until this year, few high-grade examples came to auction with most selling for $60,000-$80,000.
Within two hours of the opening, the card offered by PWCC had a high bid of over $300,000. Bidding continued for 10 days until the auction clock expired around 8:36 PM Sunday.
A few other ’52 Topps Mantles were available on eBay Sunday night with PSA 6 and 5 examples dangled in front of bidders.
PWCC also sold one of the hobby’s rarest pre-War cards Sunday night. A PSA 3 T206 Eddie Plank closed at $71,732.