Completely Beat-Up 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card Sells For Over $20,000 On eBay

Collectors are willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a completely beat-up 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Earlier this week, a ’52 Mantle graded PSA 1 sold for $20,502 on eBay. The iconic piece of baseball card history was very well loved, to say the least. It is creased throughout, stained and still has tape on it.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 1
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 1. (credit: eBay)

The card garnered 41 bids before the auction ended on Tuesday. According to data from Card Ladder, other ’52 Mantles graded PSA 1 recently sold for:

  • $21,600 on May 16
  • $32,940 on May 4
  • $24,074 on April 25
  • $27,600 on March 28
  • $28,800 on Feb. 26

In March, an extremely trimmed ’52 Mantle — which essentially looks like a die-cut card — sold for $7,200 on eBay. The card was trimmed around Mantle’s image and the background, left border, and part of the right border were eliminated.

Even a miscut showing a sliver of a ’52 Topps Mantle can sell for big bucks. Last year, a 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson graded PSA 1 sold for over $28,000 at Goldin because an edge of the Mantle ’52 card can be seen with its blue-green background and Mantle’s hand wrapping around the bat.

However, these cards are a far way off to being the most expensive Mantle card of all-time. An SGC 9.5 ’52 Mantle sold for $12.6 million, making it the highest-selling sports card ever.

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