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Mickey Mantle Card A Mickey Mantle baseball card is displayed at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Thursday, July 21, 2022. The mint-condition Mantle card is expected to sell well into the millions when bidding ends at the end of the month. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

I’ve never been much of a baseball card collector. My only card was an Atlanta Braves Dale Murphy card that I got in a trade for a Bob Horner card with a another kid in my class. I know I can’t compare either of these guys to Mickey Mantle, but after reading what Mr. Mantle’s 1952 Topps baseball card could go for at auction, I do wish I do wish I would have paid more attention to one of my middle school teachers who used to bring in his card collection a few times a year and give a a little history lesson.

The card that is going to be sold at auction was purchased in 1991 for $50,000 at a show in New York by a gentleman named Anthony Giordano. If you’re thinking that is a lot for a baseball card, remember we are talking about Mickey Mantle. He holds the record for most World Series home runs at 18 and won the 1956 Triple Crown.

The current record for a baseball card is a 1909 Honus Wagner card that sold for $6.6 million. Some think 1951 Mantle card could go for as much as $10 million at the event on August 27. It will be hosted by Heritage Auctions.