EX NFL OL Evan Mathis Sold A 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie Card For Nearly $3M

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Remember growing up and a family member would tell you to save a certain rookie card cause it might be worth millions later on down the road? This is exactly what that family member was talking about right here.

Evan Mathis, who retired from the NFL in 2016 after 12 seasons on six different teams, had a rare 1952 Mickey Mantle toops rookie card in his possession, so he decided to see what he could get for it. The former NFL offensive lineman just recently sold that mint condition card at an auction on Thursday night and walked away nearly $3 million richer, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

As Rovell stated, the $2.88 million price tag is the second highest ever for a baseball card. The biggest being $3.12 million paid for a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card in October 2016.

“It’s a remarkable price,” Chris Ivy, the director of sports auctions at Heritage, told Rovell. “It was 10 years ago when we last had a Mantle 9 sell, but this sold for 10 times that.”

It’s not like Mathis was hurting for money, having a solid 12-year career, including signing a five-year contract for $25.5 million in Philadelphia at one point during his career. His reasoning for doing it was to free up some cash to purchase a house for him and his wife in his home state of Alabama.

“Just that image of the young Mickey Mantle, over the years it’s been a centerpiece of the hobby,” Mathis said. “I guess it’s kind of like the Mona Lisa of the sports card world.

“I don’t think I’ll have any regrets because I’ll have a nice house to show for it instead of the card.”

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