A Mickey Mantle rookie card sold for $12.6 million on Saturday, setting a new record for sports memorabilia. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Cloak map found in attic
A pristine 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card fetched $12.6 million at auction Saturday, setting a new record as the most expensive sports card or memorabilia ever sold.
Heritage Auctions managed the sale of the Mantle rookie, beating the previous record $7.25 million for a T206 Honus Wagner card sold earlier in August.
Map rating service SGC rated the Mantle rookie a 9.5, making it the highest-rated copy of the iconic map known to exist.
collector Alan Rosen found the Mantle rookie in 1986
The story of the record-breaking card is almost as fantastic as the retail price. Collector Alan Rosen found the Mantle rookie in 1986 as part of a 1952 lot of 5,500-card Topps cards in truck driver Ted Lodge’s attic. Rosen paid Lodge more than $125,000 for the collection, which Lodge found when he inherited a house from his father.
From unsorted to unparalleled
In 1991, before rating cards became commonplace, Rosen sold one of his unclassified Mantle rookie cards from that collection for $50,000 to an anonymous buyer. The buyer, Anthony Giordano, resisted reviewing or selling the card for decades, until his sons recently convinced him to do so.
in its own category.”
“This map is arguably the best example of the most iconic post-war map in the world,” Heritage director of sports auctions Chris Ivy said in a statement. “That figure, plus the fact that it has documented the provenance of the most storied find in hobby history, puts this map in a category of its own.”
Mantle’s rookie also set a new record for any type of sports memorabilia, surpassing sales of $9.3 million of the jersey Diego Maradona wore when he scored his “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup.
After the sale, Ivy pondered the $12.6 million price tag.
“We always knew this map would shatter records and expectations,” said Ivy. “But that doesn’t make it any less exciting to be part of an auction where a single item crosses the eight-figure threshold for the first time.”
Ruth Bat sets record
Mantle played his entire MLB career — from 1951 to 1968 — with the New York Yankees. He hit 536 home runs in his career, played in 20 All-Star Games, won seven World Series and took home three American League MVP awards. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
The Mantle rookie card wasn’t the only memorabilia to draw a lot of attention on Saturday. Heritage also sold a game-used, autographed Babe Ruth bat for $1.7 million, making it the most expensive bat ever sold at auction. Ruth used the bat from 1918 to 1922 and later gifted it to teammate Frank “Home Run” Baker.
Heritage listed these and other memorabilia items as part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports auction August 27-28.
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