NFT of Legendary Mickey Mantle Baseball Card Sells for Massive Number
Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Pictured: Mickey Mantle.
An NFT of the famous 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card was sold by Topps Friday on Opensea for $470,711.
The price paid for the digital version is what would be expected to be paid for a card graded in between a 7 and 8.
The average price for a 1952 Mantle graded 7 of this card is $209,321, according to card grader PSA. The average price for the card graded 8 is $1.35 million.
In January 2021, collector Rob Gough bought the Topps Mantle rookie in a PSA 9 for $5.2 million.
There are three PSA 10s, which haven’t hit the market. They are believed to be worth $25 million to $30 million each, remarkable considering that some of the card’s worth comes from the fact that so many of them were dumped in the ocean after Topps couldn’t sell the cards for years after it was produced.
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The purchase of the NFT was made on OpeanSea by the account ‘DV_MO_I’.
Topps Series 1 is an NFT collection also available where you can buy and sell officially licensed Major League Baseball NFT’s. Standard packs of six digital collectibles were released on April 20, 2021 for $4.99 a pack. Premium packs went for $99.99 containing 45 digital collectibles.
Many other athletes have set up their own NFT collectibles, including Tom Brady’s company called “Autograph”.