NEW YORK (AP) — A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card has sold for $12.6 million, blasting into the record books Sunday as the most expensive ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia.
The rare Mantle card eclipsed the record just posted a few months ago — $9.3 million for the jersey worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal in soccer’s 1986 World Cup.
Sports memorabilia market growing
The escalating records are part of a growing market for sports memorabilia that has taken 0ff.
Sports Memorabilia has taken off as people cocooned themselves during the pandemic — one part nostalgia and one part financial opportunity.