The card was part of Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen’s historic find of high numbers from the landmark set that took place 30 years ago. Prices for 1952 Mantle cards in all grades have skyrocketed in the last couple of years with prices for cards sold in the last several months showing some volatility. The realized price from the latest sale makes it the fourth highest price ever attained for a PSA 7 ’52 Mantle but is still about six times the typical selling price from auctions that took place in 2012.
Other high-end cards sold included:
- 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie card PSA 8 $36,750
- 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky rookie card PSA 9 $31,850
- 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson rookie card PSA 9 $23,887
- 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson complete graded set $23,275
All prices include a 20% buyer’s premium added to the winning bid. Over 900 lots of sports, history and pop-culture memorabilia sold in the auction for a total of more than $1.8 million.
Among the high-end memorabilia sold was an autographed baseball bearing the names of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron authenticated and graded 8 by PSA/DNA which realized $40,425. A glove used by Mike Trout throughout the 2014 season, autographed by the Angels’ superstar sold for $31,850 while a game-used and autographed Michael Jordan Washington Wizards jersey brought $30,625.
Several championship rings were sold in the auction including the 2000 World Series ring presented to Jim Leyritz of the Yankees which sold for $26,950.
History buffs chased the original handcuffs placed on the wrists of Lee Harvey Oswald in the minutes following his arrest in connection with the death of President Kennedy in 1963. They sold for $110,250.
In all, the company sold over $25 million worth of items in 2016.
“This was a remarkable year for Goldin Auctions and for the entire sports collectibles industry as collectors stepped-up to pay record prices for the wide array of vintage trading cards and historic memorabilia we offered this year,” said company founder Ken Goldin. “In addition to the record-setting Trout glove, we also sold the most expensive baseball card with the T206 Jumbo Wagner at $3.12 million, the most valuable hockey card as the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 netted $465,00, the most expensive modern trading card with the 2003-04 LeBron James Upper Deck selling for a remarkable $312,000, Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from Ali-Frazier 1 for $606,375, a letter written by Tupac Shakur for $172,750, Babe Ruth’s 1922 contract for $537,750 and many others. We thank all of our consignors and bidders for making 2016 such an exciting year.”