Albert Pujols may be having a monster season, but in the world of baseball cards and sports memorabilia, he’s no Mickey Mantle.
It’s been more than 40 years since he put on a player’s uniform for the last time, but Mickey Mantle’s hold on sports collectors is still stronger than virtually any other post-War star. Even today’s top big leaguers can’t compete with the interest and bidding generated by Mickey Mantle baseball cards and memorabilia.
Statistics obtained by Sports Collectors Daily show that over the last 90 days on eBay, over 49,000 Mantle items were listed for sale or auction with a total sales figure of over $2.3 million.
While Albert Pujols has generated a strong buzz among collectors focusing on current players and those who sense he is carving out a place in baseball history, even Pujols’ best rookie cards and rare 1-of-1 inserts can’t compare to vintage Mantle cards.
From April 20 through July 20, there were 31,202 Pujols items listed within the sports card and memorabilia categories on eBay with total sales of $71,345; about one-third the sales volume generated by Mantle.
Prices for Mantle memorabilia haven’t skyrocketed during the current economic slowdown, but the volume and interest are still impressive. 129,123 total bids were made on Mantle items during the recent 90-day stretch with winning bidders paying an average of $90.26 per item–impressive considering the sheer amount of common items from recent years that have been issued.
The most expensive item recorded by eBay was the sale of a 1952 Topps Mantle card, graded SGC 86 (NM+) which sold for $50,000 according to eBay’s database.
Collectors made 70,674 bids for Pujols pieces during the same time frame with the average winning bid at $41.33. The most expensive Pujols item sold was a 2001 Refractor Autograph 223/500 rookie card that brought $6100.
Mickey Mantle on eBay
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