Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for record US$5.2 million

Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for record US$5.2 million
Actor Rob Gough completed the trade and said "cards are an incredibly diversified asset".

Entrepreneur and actor Rob Gough bought a Mickey Mantle baseball card of the Topps 1952 series for US$ 5.2 million, the most ever for a sports trading card.

One of nine 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball cards known in existence in its condition, the card sold for US$2.8 million in 2018 to an unidentified buyer who agreed to a deal, brokered by PWCC Marketplace, with Gough, who announced the deal for the "Mona Lisa of Sports Cards" through his Instagram profile.

"Cards are an incredible diversified asset class," wrote Gough. "They have historically outperformed the S&P 500."

Gould said the US$5.2 million price was "highly undervalued.

Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995) is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. In his 18-year career (1951-1968) with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), he appeared in 2,401 games, collecting 2,415 hits, 536 home runs and 1,509 RBIs. He helped the Yankees win seven World Series and was named the MVP of the American League three times. Mantle was a perennial MLB All-Star. His best season was arguably in 1956, when he won the World Series, the triple crown (batting title, most home runs and most runs batted in) and was voted the league's MVP.