The late Mickey Mantle, a Preston Hollow resident of nearly 40 years, is making headlines decades after his death.
Mantle’s 1952 Topps rookie card, on view Aug. 3-5 and 8-11 at Heritage Auctions’ New York office, could break the world record for a sports card, estimated to go for $10 million.
Dallas-based Heritage graded the card “mint+ 9.5,” because of its superior printing and crisp edges.
“That this Mantle rookie card remained in this condition for 70 years is a true miracle,” Heritage Auction’s Chris Ivy said in a media release.
The card has provenance as part of a legendary baseball-card find, when Alan Rosen found a box full of mint-condition 1952 Topps baseball cards, 42 Mantles among them, in an attic in Massachusetts in 1985.
Rosen, known as “Mr. Mint” in the card-trading world, sold the entire cache except for the best Mantle in the box, which he held onto until 1991.
That’s when Anthony Giordano purchased the card anonymously for $50,000, and he never sold it because of how much he loved Mickey Mantle, who died at Baylor University Medical Center at age 63 in 1995.
Giordano’s kids recently convinced him to sell the card.
“Four years ago one of my boys said, ‘Dad, you need to think about selling the Mantle card, because not too many people in 10 or 20 years will know who Mantle is,'” Giordano told Heritage. “I told him, ‘I disagree with that.'”
A similar card, graded “mint 9,” sold for a record-setting $5.2 million last year.
Mantle, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, played seven World Series-champion seasons in an 18-year career for the New York Yankees, was a 16-time Major League Baseball All Star and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
He moved to Preston Hollow with his wife, Merlyn, and four kids at the height of his playing career, in 1958, to seek privacy, and he lived here until his life was cut short by alcoholism in 1995.