1952 Mickey Mantle card breaks record price at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for $12.6 million Sunday, entering the record books as the highest ever paid for sports memorabilia in a market that has become exponentially more profitable in recent years.

The rare Mantle card eclipsed the record set a few months earlier – $9.3 million for the shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 soccer World Cup.

It easily topped $7.25 million for a century-old Honus Wagner baseball card recently sold at a private sale.

And just last month, the heavyweight boxing belt won by Muhammad Ali during the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle sold for nearly $6.2 million.

All are part of a booming market for sports collectibles.

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