Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps PSA 9 Brings $5.2 Million, Most Ever Paid for a Baseball Card

In late August of 2020, the Mike Trout 2009 Superfractor closed at a then record figure for a baseball card. As expected, the record would eventually be broken but most of us probably thought it would take a little longer than 4+ months. And yet, here we are.

Another sale of the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle has closed and this time with the stunning figure of $5.2 million.

Rob Gough | Credit: PWCC
Rob Gough | Credit: PWCC

The card now resides with serial entrepreneur, Rob Gough, who owns Dope, a lifestyle brand that specializes in CBD products. In a post-purchase press release, Rob stated:

“I’ve dreamt of owning a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle since I was a kid collecting cards. It’s the Mona Lisa of sports cards and I’ve been searching for this high graded example talking to industry experts, dealers, auction houses, friends and I’m ecstatic that I’m now the proud owner of this iconic card.”

This particular example sold in April 2018 for $2,880,000 million, which is an appreciation of 80.6% in under three years.

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311
Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311

The sale was brokered with PWCC.

Records Continue to be Set and Broken

With cards like the Mike Trout 2009 Superfractor, the T206 Honus Wagner, and high grade examples of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle continually bringing higher returns every time they change hands, it’s likely we’ll continue to see records set and broken over and over again. The term “highest paid…” is a temporary one but makes for consistently enjoyable news.


On a personal note, I saw this exact specimen in person at the 2017 National; it’s absolutely gorgeous in every way.

→ To see the current eBay auctions for the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, click here.

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