Rare 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Sells For Record $525K

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

A rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card sold at auction last week, fetching more than $500,000.

According to ESPN, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the card was in pristine condition, and sold to a high bidder for $525,800, though the collector opted to remain anonymous.

The company said the price set a record for a Mantle rookie card. A near-mint card sold for $486,100 in early November, setting the record at the time for price paid at auction for a card of Mantle.

It was the most paid for a card sold through eBay.

The '52 Mantle rookie card has long been the most valuable postwar baseball card. It was part of a 407-card set Topps distributed in 1952.

However, as a rookie card, it was a "high number" card that didn't reach the Topps distribution chain before the end of the 1952 season. And, due to the limited run, only a relative few of the cards were distributed to stores in the northeastern United States and Canada, with the rest dumped at sea.