1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Fetches Over $2.3 Million At Heritage Auctions

Another 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card has fetched millions of dollars at auction. This specific Mantle card, graded PSA 8.5, sold for a whopping $2.37 million at Heritage Auctions on Saturday night.

There are only five ’52 Mantle cards graded PSA 8.5 or above in existence. This Mantle card more than doubled the previous PSA 8.5 version that sold for $1.135 million in November 2016.

“The upper-pantheon significance of the man himself is only half the story, the other half inhabiting a much lower altitude, the briny deep. Mantle’s #311 representation launched the ‘high-number series’ of the 1952 Topps issue, a portion of the set that fell victim to unrealistic deadlines and thus failed to meet its expected distribution quotas,” says Heritage Auctions in a media release. “Only small quantities made it to counter displays at the local five and dime, the balance ultimately towed several miles off the New Jersey shore and dumped to clear space on the warehouse floor for newer models.”

This is the third 1952 Topps Mantle card to sell for at least seven-figures. In January 2021, PWCC Marketplace sold a PSA 9 version for $5.2 million, and in August 2022, Heritage got $12.6 million for an SGC 9.5, making it the most expensive baseball card in history.

The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5 is now the 11th-most expensive baseball card of all-time.

The List: Most Valuable Baseball Cards Of All-Time

1. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 9.5: $12.6 Million

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

This highest-graded Mantle card sold for a staggering $12.6 million by Heritage Auctions in August 2022.

2. 1909 Sweet Corporal T-206 Honus Wagner SGC 2: $7.25 Million

One of the most famous cards ever, Goldin Auctions sold a 1909 Sweet Corporal T-206 Honus Wagner SGC 2 for $7.25 million in August 2022. It held the title of most expensive card before being shattered by the 1952 Mantle SGC 9.5 a couple weeks later.

3. 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth SGC 3: $7.2 Million

1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie SGC VG 3.
1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie SGC VG 3. (credit: Robert Edward Auctions)

Robert Edward Auctions brokered the sale in December 2023 for $7.2 million.

4. 1909 Sweet Corporal T-206 Honus Wagner SGC 3: $6.6 Million

1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner SGC VG 3
1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner SGC VG 3. (credit: Robert Edward Auctions)

The SGC 3 version sold for $6.6 million by Robert Edward Auctions in August 2021, about a year before the SGC 2 Wagner went for nearly a million dollars more.

5. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9: $5.2 Million

The second time the 1952 Mantle card made the list, the PSA 9 version sold for $5.2 million in January 2021 by PWCC Marketplace.

6. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 9: $4.2 Million

In July 2021, Memory Lane Auctions sold a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 9 card for $4.2 million. It won’t be the last time Ruth is on this list.

7. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor Auto Mike Trout BGS 9: $3.9 Million

The first modern-era card to make the list, Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor auto BGS 9 card sold for $3.9 million during the height of the pandemic in August 2020. The sports card industry saw an incredible spike during this time.

8. 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 9: $3.192 Million

Mantle still continues to dominate the list. His 1951 Bowman rookie card PSA 9 fetched $3.192 million in December 2022.

9. 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 10: $3.1 Million

According to CardLadder, a 1953 Topps Mantle PSA 10 sold for $3.1 million in August 2021.

10. 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth PSA 7: $2.46 Million

Mile High Card Company sold this 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth PSA 7 card when “The Great Bambino” was still on the Boston Red Sox for nearly $2.5 million.

11. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5: $2.37 Million

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8.5. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

12. 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 9: $1.1 Million

Roberto Clemente’s 1955 Topps rookie card graded PSA 9 fetched $1.1 million at Goldin Auctions in March 2021.

13. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Red Refractor Auto BGS 9.5 Mike Trout: $1.08 Million

The second Trout card to make the list, PWCC Marketplace sold his 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Red Refractor auto BGS 9.5 card for over $1 million in October 2022.

14. 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson PSA 10: $1 million

Reggie Jackson’s 1969 Topps rookie card graded PSA 10 went for $1 million in a Heritage Auction in February 2021.

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