The former NFL offensive lineman just sold the card at an auction on Thursday night and walked away with nearly $3 million:
JUST IN: The 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps card (graded a PSA 9) has just sold for $2.88 million. It is the second highest price ever paid for a baseball card. #1 is $3.12 million paid for a T206 Honus. pic.twitter.com/EbNnHHFko1
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 20, 2018
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the $2.88 million price tag is the second highest ever for a baseball. The biggest being $3.12 million for a 1090 T206 Honus Wagner card in October of 2016:
“It’s a remarkable price,” Chris Ivy, the director of sports auctions at Heritage, told Rovell. “It was 10 years ago when we last had a Mantle 9 sell, but this sold for 10 times that.”
His reasoning for selling it is to help purchase a nice home for him and his wife in their home state of Alabama.