A baseball card of NY Yankees’ legend Mickey Mantle was sold for an astonishing $5.2 million on Thursday, setting a record for the highest-sold sports card of all time. The previous record was held by Mike Trout’s rookie card that reached the price of $3.94 million back in August.
PWCC Marketplace, the company that sold the card, confirmed the news on Thursday and revealed actor and producer Rob Gough as the buyer.
The card in question is a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle with the PSA 9 grade. It was previously owned by former Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, who sold it for $2.88 million two years ago.
According to available data, only six PSA 9 cards from this edition are still out there.
Speaking with reporters about his purchase, Gough said that he acquired “the holy grail of sports cards.”
“As a kid ripping packs in the ’90s, I always dreamt of owning one,” he added. “I felt this Mantle was highly underpriced.”
Mickey Mantle is considered one of the best baseball players in the history of the game. Mantle played 18 seasons in MLB, all with New York Yankees. He won seven World Series as a Yankee while also earning three AL MVP awards.