Extremely Trimmed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Sells For $7,200 on eBay

An extremely trimmed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle ended up selling for $7,200 on eBay on Tuesday night. It might be the cheapest way to buy the iconic card nowadays.

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

Greg Morris Graded posted the Beckett-authenticated card of the New York Yankees legend on eBay on Feb. 24. Morris previously told Sports Collectors Daily he got the card in a run of sets he bought from an auction house last month.

The Mantle card essentially looks like a die-cut. Someone, presumably decades ago before knowing what the value of this card was, trimmed around Mantle’s image and eliminated the background, left border, and part of the right border.

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

The back of the card isn’t any better. Paper is stuck to much of it and visible tape covers a portion of the card, as well.

The front of the Mantle is also filled with creases and scratches.

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

It’s a far cry from the most expensive ’52 Mantle ever sold — which went for $12.6 million, an all-time record.

Sports business reporter Darren Rovell shared an interesting tidbit about the ’52 Mantle on X (formerly Twitter). Collectors could have bought a near-mint 1952 Topps Mantle for $7,000 in 1990. But now, one that’s all cut up sells for the same amount.

If only we had a flux capacitor to travel back in time to load up on ’52 Mantles.

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