UPDATED today: Former Bama Lineman Evan Mathis To Sell Mickey Mantle Baseball Card.

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    Former Alabama, NFL star selling multi-million-dollar baseball card
    Updated on Mar 07, 2018 at 12:45 PM CST

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    Arizona Cardinals guard Evan Mathis blocks during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.
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    • Spring Sports Card Catalog Auction includes an item that's predicted to set a record for the highest price paid for a baseball card.

      Heritage Auctions set the estimated value of the 1952 Topps card of New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle at $3,500,000 .


      While the auction house didn't reveal the seller of the card, Forbes did, identifying the owner of the card as Evan Mathis . The formerHomewood High School and Alabamastandout has become a sports-card dealer since he retired following his 12 th NFL season in 2016.

      The value of the Mickey Mantle card is tied to its subject, its set and its condition.

      Mantle became perhaps baseball's most popular player among the nation's Baby Boomers while starring for the Yankees during his Hall of Fame career. The 1952 Topps set is regarded as the first modern baseball card set, and No. 311 in the set is Mantle's rookie card.

      The condition of the card on the auction block received a Professional Sports Authenticator grade of 9 (out of 10). Only six Mantle cardsfrom the 1952 set have earned a PSA 9 rating, considered mint, and three have gotten a PSA 10.

      The highest price fetched by a baseball card to date is $3,120,000, paid for a 1910 Honus Wagner card in 2016.

      The last mint 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card to hit public auction went for $282,588 . But that was 12 years ago.

      Last year, Heritage sold a 1952 Mantle with a PSA 8.5 designation for $1,135,250, and Chris Ivy, the head of Heritage's Sports Division, told David Seidemann of Forbes that he was aware of two private sales of Mantle PSA 9 cards in the past 18 months that exceeded $3 million apiece .

      Heritage Auctions describes the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle as "a towering symbol of American exceptionalism, from its celebration of our national pastime to the fearless ambition of creator Sy Berger's vision to the exaltation of a culture that could elevate a poor kid from the Oklahoma coal mines to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim. It is ten square inches of the American dream, preserved virtually flawlessly for eternity. It is a commodity recognized and coveted by millions, yet available to only a tiny handful of the most sophisticated collectors."

      Online bidding in the auction begins on March 28. The auction will conclude with a two-day event in Dallas on April 19-20.

      Among the items in the auction are a PSA 8.5 1954 Topps Hank Aaron card with anestimated value of $40,000 and a PSA 8 1958 Topps Willie Mays with an estimated value of $3,000 . Aaron is a Mobile native, and Mays is from Birmingham.

      An All-State football player in 1999, as well as a state wrestling champion and track and field standout, for Homewood, Mathis was a four-year starter in Alabama's offensive line. He joined the NFL as a third-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2005.

      Mathis played for the Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins before being recognized as one of the NFL's top linemen while with the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathis was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014, and he earned All-Pro recognition in 2013.

      Mathis started at left guard for the Denver Broncos as they won Super Bowl 50 to cap the 2015 season.

      Mathis' final season with the Arizona Cardinals was limited to four games by injuries.

      [​IMG]This Mickey Mantle card from the 1952 Topps set is part of Heritage Auctions' Spring Sports Card Catalog Auction. Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
     
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    I owned one of the 6 PSA 9s. I sold it about a year ago.
     
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    How did Evan Mathis get hold of one? Heard any details on that?
     
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    article says he became a sports card dealer after he retired from the NFL, it could be LB's card lol
     
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    I don't know, they don't come around often. I bought mine in the early '80s, and I've only seen one for public sale since. It was $2000 then and almost cost me a divorce. That won't bring anywhere near $3 million.
     
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    I can think of only one goofball that would throw down big money for something that was added to a stick of gum to help sell it.
     
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    can I borrow 5 bucks.......
     
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    Mine had better color, but not as well centered. Not my PSA # either.
     
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    $5 is a lotta money.
     
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    Find me a dozen of those things and I'll still pay $2K.
     
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    That is great man. That's a helluva distinguished group.
     
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    With that man, the juice on $5 would kill you.
     
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    Once the NCAA got wise to the 1k handskakes and the new suits they swithed over to giving them expensive memorabilia to sell on their own.
     
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    Speaking of the Devil...
     
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    you might not have the first dollar you ever made, but I bet you still got the change from it.
     
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    Y'all have the wrong impression of me. I ain't rich, ain't cheap, but I don't tip and have lots of midgets.
     
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    What does it cost to feed a herd of midgets?
     
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    It seems so dumb to me that a baseball card fouls be worth so much.
     
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    Especially when I think back on all the baseball cards I lost, misplaced, or good ole Mom threw away. Still have a bunch somewhere at the parents house. I know there is a Bo Jackson rookie card.
     
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    $5, of course that's not each. I like to think of my midget overhead in context. BG's spending a lot of money to go around the world, my midgets will do that for $5.
     
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    Got me to thinking. There is a 78 or 79 baseball signed by every member of the Boston Red Sox some where there. Some pretty big names on that baseball.
     
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    I used to collect single signed HOF baseballs. In fact I ran a national championship contest here for a Mantle signed 1961 ball. The guy who won never even said thanks...I think he was an Aggie or Sooner, but I can't be sure.
     
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    I had tons of baseball cards and comics from the 50s and early 60s. My mom threw them out. I probably tore up some Mantles in the spokes of my bike.
     
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    I didn't have comics, but did have a couple of 100 thousand baseball cards from that era. This might make you feel better about losing yours. I made more off my cards than the 1st 20 years I worked, and I had a very good job. :)
     
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    I have a,couple thousand from the 80's still. Lost wedding rings, birth certificates, countless keys, but I still have my cards.
     
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    I'm still waiting till I retire in 6 years before I dig back into my 60k plus card collection. I may need to borrow some of LBs midgets to help me go through them all
     
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    Apparently them midgets will do a lot for 5 dollars. Lol
     
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    Why did they say Mickey was from a coal mining town?

    He was from Picher Cardin, Oklahoma which was the largest lead mine in America and supplied almost all theead used in WWI.

    It is now the largest US Super Fund Site because...lead killed everything in the area including creeks and rivers. Theres a creek that until 2012 was completely devoid of life, no bacterial life even.

    But anyway, I was being nit picky lol.
     
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    When you decide to sell, let me know if you wish, and I can help. I've owned every licensed card between 1951 and 1985. I can probably help with your pricing.
     
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    That would be a GREAT help. I know I have a lot of full sets and signed/game worn/numbered items along with about 200 or so unopened packs from the 70s and 80s. I know most will just not be worth anything and some will be to damaged but it will still be fun to go back through them and see what I have.
     
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    Dealers will cheat you faster than a hungry midget will pick you pocket when your pants are down. There's always one underneath the bed.
     
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    I was gonna ask if that was your #.
     
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    It's no longer my card, so I don't think I should give it out. If you see it for sale, it's about 55/45 centered.
     
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    I'll bore y'all with a little information on why the '52 Mantle is the '52 Mantle. The #311 Mickey Mantle was part of the last series of the Topps run, and production issues made it late August before it hit the stores. the product just couldn't be sold at any price. In 1960 with 100s of cases still in the warehouse, Topps decided to hire a barge, then dump the excess in the Atlantic. Several years later I heard Sy Berger(who designed the '52 set) say as much as 50% of the product had been destroyed. I know several years ago, an EMPTY case of the '52s sold for over $50K. If an unopened box ever serviced, it would go for at least $5 million.
     
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    Yeah I don't think I would ever sell to a dealer. They try and undercut you every way they can. Can't remember if I asked you this last year or not but did you do a bulk sale or did you piece it all out?
     
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    I had a lot of people wanting to buy everything, but they backed down when I told them I was looking for the guy at the end of the rainbow. I guess I sold 90% to collectors @80% of PSA book. My commons and semi-stars I moved on consignment to people doing large East Coast shows and National. It took around 6 months. All things considered, I did very well, unless the PSA 9 Mantle mentioned here goes for $3million+. If it does, the midgets will be flat backing overtime.
     
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