1952 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card sold for a record $12.6 m

1952 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card sold for a record $12.6 m

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1952 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card sold for a record $12.6 million. It's the most ever paid for any sports item or memorabilia.

The rare Mantle card was part of a series released by trading card manufacturer Topps in the summer of 1952.

Unfortunately, the cards did not sell as well as the company had anticipated, and Topps owner Sy Berger decided to dump the unsold cards into the Hudson River.

In 1986, famed sports card dealer Alan 'Mr. Mint' Rosen repurchased the card for $40,000.

And sold it to New Jersey waste management executive Anthony Giordano for what was then a record price of $50,000.

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