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1952 Topps Mantle Smashes $100K Barrier In Memory Lane Auction

Memory Lane’s spring catalog auction closed with the first known $100,000 sale of a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. In the 1950s, kids who collected their baseball cards spent hours on the topic of who was better. Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays? A 1952 Topps Mantle squared off against a 1951 Bowman Mays rookie in the Spring Fever Rarities auction held by Memory Lane Inc. Mantle won this round with a PSA 8 (near mint-mint) card establishing a new record for the grade. The final bid was $96,000. With the buyer’s premium added, the new owner will fork over $112,800. The card generated 59 bids in the auction, which closed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Memory Lane sold a PSA 9 ’52 Mantle for $282,587 last year. For complete story on Sports Collectors Daily click here.


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