The Mickey Mantle market remains mighty.
About a week after a record-breaking auction of a PSA 8 example of his first Topps card, a new mark was set early Friday when a PSA 6 1952 Topps Mantle sold for $133,235 in a Goodwin and Company auction. Just a few months earlier, a PSA 6 had sold for $56,580 in another auction. In a six-month period ending in May of 2014, the highest price paid had been $37,838. Three years ago you could have purchased one for around $15,000.
While it’s far from certain whether the eye-popping prices attained for the card will continue, new bidders are helping drive the market and demand for the card remains strong. The latest auction brought another PSA 6 onto the market over the weekend.
Another Mantle PSA 8—and cards from the rest of one of the best 1952 Topps set in existence—are currently up for bid via Heritage Auctions.
They’re breaking up the fifth ranked 1952 Topps master set on PSA’s Set Registry in an online-only extended bidding format auction. It’s expecting the cards in the set will sell for more than $1 million combined. At last check, bidding on the Mantle card alone stood at $358,000 with the buyer’s premium.
The 485 cards in the set represent the red and black back variations and other cards that generally fall outside the realm of a basic set.
“Many of the low-population common cards in this set haven’t appeared in these high grades at auction for several years,” stated auction director Chris Ivy.
The Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews and #1 Andy Pafko (black back version) cards in the set are also rated 8 by PSA.
The auction ends December 10.