10 Things You May Not Know About The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card

Considered one of the most iconic and recognizable cards in baseball card collecting, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card symbolizes the post-war hobby. Often ranked as the second most important card of all time, right behind the T206 Honus Wagner, this card is a white whale item for many collectors. But there are plenty … Read more

This Week in Sports Cards #3

Is it still considered “junk wax” if it costs over $50? I cover a few boxes that Reed Kasaoka, the head buyer for DA Card World (and previously for Baseball Card Exchange), once said people considered junk but aren’t junky later in this post. Observations from Mudrick Capital’s Investor Presentation on Taking Topps Public via … Read more

The Sports Cards I Would Buy If I Had a Million Dollars

It’s fun to fantasize about what life would be like after winning the lottery. After setting life up for comfort, paying off a mortgage, making sure finances would last the rest of my life, etc., I’ve wondered how my collecting habits would change. After getting auction catalogs, browsing sold items on eBay, or walking around … Read more

Ending the Debate – The 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Card is his True Rookie Card

Collectors often confuse the iconic 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card as his rookie. Mantle’s official, and true rookie card, is his 1951 Bowman release, #253. Indeed, both cards are premium collectibles, and with high grade 1952s commanding 7-figure prices, it’s forgivable that news outlets, when reporting on sales, misinterpret the facts. The nuances of … Read more