A BASEBALL card from 1952 present in “miracle” situation has develop into the costliest piece of sports activities memorabilia ever offered.

The mint-condition Mickey Mantle rookie card has been described because the Holy Grail of baseball playing cards.

A Mickey Mantle baseball card has become the most expensive sports memorabilia ever


A Mickey Mantle baseball card has develop into the costliest sports activities memorabilia everCredit: AP
Mantle spent his entire career with the New York Yankees


Mantle spent his complete profession with the New York YankeesCredit score: Getty

Mantle was a legendary MLB switch-hitter for the New York Yankees who performed within the Bronx between 1951 and 1968.

The cardboard was issued by Topps throughout his rookie 12 months in 1952 and has been owned since 1991 by Anthony Giordano, a waste administration entrepreneur from New Jersey.

He purchased it for $50,000 from a Massachusetts collector simply over thirty years in the past.

And now Giordano has netted an unimaginable $12.6MILLION at public sale – making the cardboard the costliest piece of sports activities memorabilia ever offered.

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It surpasses the earlier $8.2m file achieved in Might when Diego Maradona’s notorious ‘Hand of God’ soccer shirt was offered in London.

Heritage Auctions taken care of the sale of the 9.5+ Mint-graded card and first introduced its availability in July.

Chris Ivy, director of sports activities actions at Heritage, mentioned: “An eight-figure public sale outcome was the stuff of fantasy only a decade in the past.

“We all the time knew this card would shatter information and expectations. However that does not make it any much less of a thrill.

“It bears the best qualities any 1952 Topps can possess: excellent centering, registration and 4 sharp corners.

“That this Mantle rookie card stays on this situation for 70 years is a real miracle.”

After the sale on August 27, Heritage additionally revealed that director and producer Dan Klein is at the moment engaged on a documentary movie the cardboard.

It has been given the working title “4 Good Corners”.

Mantle received twelve American League pennants and 7 World Collection throughout his time with the Yankees.

He was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1974 and died in August 1995.

The card smashed the previous record held by Diego Maradona's World Cup '86 shirt


The cardboard smashed the earlier file held by Diego Maradona’s World Cup ’86 shirtCredit score: AFP