Topps, an American company that manufactures chewing gum, candy, and collectibles, will auction the rarest baseball collectible card, Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card, as Ethereum NFT on OpenSea on March 1, 2022.
According to Topps Timeless, the website for Topps’ NFT initiative, the Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card, one of most rare collectible featuring the New York Yankees baseball player Mickey Charles Mantle, will be issued as a non-fungible token (NFT) on Ethereum Blockchain and sold on the NFT marketplace OpenSea on March 1, 2022.
Old school, meet new school.
We are proud to present the Official Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card NFT. Auction goes live on March 1st exclusively on @OpenSea. 🤝🌊
— Topps NFTs (@ToppsNFTs) February 10, 2022
Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card Worth $5.2 Million
The collectible card to be auctioned is one rarest baseball card that is reported to have an estimated worth of around $5.2 million as the card was purchased for that price by the entrepreneur and actor Rob Gough last year.
According Topps Timeless’ website:
“Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card will be auctioned as a 1 of 1 NFT on the OpenSea platform starting Tuesday, March 1st at 1pm EST, running 72 hours to Friday, March 4th at 1pm EST, with bids made in the final 10 minutes extending the auction by 10 minutes. Be the one to bring home this rare NFT by placing a bid on OpenSea and add this monumental piece of sports history to your collection.”
There will be only one 1952 Mickey Mantle card that will be sold as NFT. The owner of the Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card will have the opportunity to have 30-minute video chat with Mickey Mantle’s sons, Danny and David Mantle.
According to the company, the card is the firs-ever licensed Major League Baseball (MLB) NFT that will be issued in partnership with the Mantle Estate and Major League Baseball.
Topps has been actively involved in the NFTs space since the last year. The company has worked with the Wax Blockchain and Avalanche (AVAX) blockchain to launch two series of baseball NFT collections.
Topps has recently been acquired by Michael Rubin’s sports retail giant Fanatics in a $500 million deal.
Danny and David Mantle, sons of Mickey Mantle, commented:
“This card has been part of my father’s legacy for 70 years and it is amazing to see its continued impact with collectors and baseball fans around the world. We are very pleased to share this piece of history with Topps in a new and exciting way through NFTs.”