Mickey Mantle Baseball Card Sells for Record $5.2 Million Baseball cards of former New York Yankees player Mickey Mantle are displayed with other players at Lefty's Sports Cards, which closed for COVID-19 concerns, in Burlingame, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
By Brian Trusdell | Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:36 PM
A Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps baseball trading card has sold for a record $5.2 million at auction, $1 million more than the previous record for a baseball card, several outlets reported.
The card, in nearly mint condition manufactured by Topps in the first year it began producing baseball cards, was purchased by actor/producer/streetwear maker Rob Gough, TMZ and the Indianapolis Star reported.
The Star said Gough, who had purchased two other 1952 Mickey Mantle cards — but in lesser condition — began looking for a mint condition card and was contacted by Jesse Craig, director of business development for vintage card company PWCC, about a ''Grade 9'' Mantle card stored in its vault. "Grade 10" is mint condition.
This particular card previously was sold at auction in 2018 for $2.88 million. Neither the previous owner nor buyer was disclosed.
There are only six 1952 Mantle cards with a grade of 9 in existence, the Star said.
The $5.2 million for the cardboard picture of the 20-time Major League Baseball All-Star and seven-time World Series champion eclipses the $3.9 million paid for a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfractor card of Mike Trout in 2009, TMZ said.
Gough reportedly is known for playing ''Frank'' in the 2018 feature length film ''The Billionaire Boys Club'' starring Kevin Spacey. He also bought and sold the Dope clothing company, although he has retained the Dope trademark for the purpose of starting a cannabidiol, or CBD, company.