DALLAS – Long before bidding ended early on the morning of August 28, this 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was already the world’s most valuable sports card sold at auction. Weeks ago, in fact, it raced past the previous highwater mark set by the T206 Honus Wagner that sold for $6.6 million last year. But at 12:28 a.m. Central time on that date, it became official when Heritage Auctions sold the 1952 Mantle, graded a Mint+ 9.5 by Sportscard Guaranty Corporation, for $12.6 million.
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NEW YORK — Topps baseball cards have been around since the early 1950s. In light of the January 2022 news that the veteran firm has been acquired for roughly $500 million by Fanatics, a sports gear and apparel retailer, it makes sense to take a closer look at the company and the history of baseball cards as well.