There is a new king of trading cards.
A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card with a 9.5 SGC grade sold for a record $12.6 million over the weekend after a bidding battle at Heritage Auctions. The sale price shattered the all-time record for a trading card, which was previously set by a T206 Honus Wagner that went for $7.25 million.
"This card is arguably the finest-condition example of the most iconic post-war card in the world," Heritage Auctions director of sports auctions Chris Ivy said in a statement. "That grade, plus the fact it has documented provenance from the most storied find in hobby history, puts this card in a category of its own."
The Wagner card had set the record for the highest sale price just earlier this month. This Mantle card eclipsed that mark by more than $5 million.
Sports memorabilia has been in the midst of a massive spike in sales across the board, with trading cards remaining the most popular collectible. The record-setting price for a trading card has soared by $6 million alone in the last 12 months.
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