It was something you used to see reserved only for rare pieces of artwork or things made of a lot gold. Then again, I suppose you could call one of the hobby’s three gem mint graded Mickey Mantle cards a work of art that’s definitely worth a bunch of gold.
On Monday morning, the History Colorado Center took delivery of collector Marshall Fogel’s PSA 10 Mantle that will be on display over the next couple of days. It arrived not in the back of a van or slipped inside a briefcase. The card, valued at perhaps $10 million or more, arrived by armored car.
It’ll be on display through Wednesday as part of an exhibit of historic baseball memorabilia called Play Ball! A Celebration of America’s Game. Fogel has owned the Mantle card since buying it in 1996 when the going rate was $2,000-$3,000. Many other items in the center’s display also came from his collection. The larger portion of the Play Ball! exhibit will remain up through the summer.
A PSA 10 Mantle hasn’t been on display since the late 1990s when it was showcased at the National Sports Collectors Convention.
The card will be under armed security 24 hours a day.
Watch the video of the arrival and check out the photo gallery of the installation below.