The stock market isn’t the only market on fire right now. Trading card prices for rare cards have skyrocketed lately, and Thursday a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold for $5.2 million.
Actor and entrepreneur Rob Gough bought the card, which was graded by PSA as a Mint 9, and is one of only six of those type’s of cards in the entire world. The transaction is the biggest ever for a sports card, shattering the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfactor BSF 9 Mike Trout card that sold for $3.93 million in August. “I’ve dreamt of owning a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle since I was a kid collecting cards,” Gough said in a statement. “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.”
Gough has been in the movies “Billionaire Boys Club,” “The Forgiven,” and “Mom and Dad,” but he earned the dough to make a purchase like this from acquiring the streetwear brand DOPE.
The most expensive hockey card ever was sold just over a month ago for $1.29 million. It was Wayne Gretzky’s 1979 rookie card by O-Pee-Chee, the Canadian division of Topps. It became the sixth card to sell for at least $1 million because it was graded as one of two in the world to be in Gem Mint 10 condition.
Patrick Bet-David was the owner of that Gretzy card, and another that sold at the same auction for a combined $2,010,000. On top of the record-setting 1979 OPC PSA 10 card, Bet-David also sold the1979 Topps PSA 10 he purchased in 2016.
Now might be a good to time to run to your attack or garage to see if any of the trading cards you had as kids might be worth something.