Getty Images

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for over $1 million

1 Comment

There are few vintage baseball cards, if any, that rival the T206 Honus Wagner in rarity and value, but a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card finally broke the million-dollar mark last week after fetching a staggering $1,135,250 price through Heritage Auctions.

According to Ryan Cracknell of Beckett Media, the 1952 card was kept in near-pristine condition and could be traced back to the 75 Mantle cards acquired by baseball card dealer Alan Rosen in 1986. Other 1952 Mantle cards in slightly worse condition commanded prices ranging from $155,000 to $501,000. Even after hitting $1 million on the market, however, the 1952 card doesn’t come close to touching the records set by the T206 Wagner, which sold for $2.8 million in 2007, $2.1 million in 2013, and $3.1 million in October of 2016.

Heritage Auctions praised the card’s vibrant coloring and remarkable shelf life, two factors that would appear to have boosted the card’s value over the years.

The card derives from the famous “Rosen Find” of pristine 1952 Topps cards that turned the hobby upside down in the mid-1980’s. Since then, it has lived a lonely, uneventful life, aging as little in its post-Rosen days as it did in its pre-find existence.

Beyond the stunning lack of wear, the card boasts the boldest hues we’ve encountered from the entirety of the 1952 Topps breed, an attribute that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Centering is well within desirable parameters, and surfaces are as clean as an operating table. The margin of difference between this example and the multi-million dollar trio at the top of the population pyramid is nearly too small to perceive.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

Elsa/Getty Images
2 Comments

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

Norm Hall/Getty Images
1 Comment

It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.