Heritage Auctions are estimating that the below PSA 9 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle card could break the record price of most expensive baseball card of all time when the auction closes in mid-April. This PSA 9 card is looking to break the record price of $3.12 million paid for a T206 Honus Wagner. If it does, history will add another record to the famed Mickey Mantle’s career!
Even if the card doesn’t top the Honus Wagner value, it should easily become the second copy of the iconic 1952 Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle to pass the million dollar mark. In November of 2016 a PSA 8.5 copy sold for $1,135,250. That auction marked the first time a baseball card other than the T206 Honus Wagner sold for more than one million dollars.
The last time a PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sold publicly was back in December of 2006, Mile High Auctions had one close at $240,500. Now 12 years later that price seems like a bargain!
Of the more than 1,500 submissions for PSA assessment, only six 1952 Topps Baseball Mantle cards have earned a Mint 9 rating with just three graded higher, to a perfect Gem Mint 10, one of those belonging in the collection of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. Heritage Auctions has recorded two world records for high-grade specimens in the past twelve months: $660,000 for a NM-MT 8 example, and $1,135,250 for a NM-MT+ 8.5. Bidding for the card is set to open on March 28th and close on April 19th or 20th.